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Aston Villa sack manager Steven Gerrard after the defeat at Fulham

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Aston Villa fired manager Steven Gerrard after Thursday’s 3-0 loss to Fulham in the Premier League.

Villa only has two victories in the league this year, and they are just above the danger zone in terms of goals scored.

“We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and devotion and wish him well for the future,” a club spokeswoman said.

In November 2021, after leaving his position as manager of Rangers, Gerrard took over for Dean Smith as Villa’s manager.

However, during his 11 months in command, the 42-year-old former England and Liverpool midfielder managed Villa to only 13 victories from 40 games.

He spoke to BBC Match of the Day after the loss to Fulham: “We are in this situation because of the cost of inconsistency.

The circumstance when I took over the team was quite similar. So to escape that circumstance, we have sought to recruit.

“I was born to fight; it’s in my DNA. Until I’m informed otherwise, I’ll keep fighting.”

After about an hour, he lost control of the Villa.

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Before the news of Gerrard’s leaving, captain John McGinn said: “It is humiliating to participate in. We failed the boss and the away supporters. We’re having an awful night.

“Whoever is in control of that team is irrelevant. The players must examine themselves in the mirror; it has nothing to do with the coach. But, of course, we are at fault; we haven’t abandoned hope in [the boss].

“Being a great manager, he is suffering the same as the players. We failed him tonight. Now it’s up to us to do well for him.”

At Craven Cottage, Villa supporters shouted several anti-Gerrard chants throughout the game.

McGinn continued: “I can sympathize with the supporters’ displeasure. Those yells might have a negative effect. As a result of the support’s high demands, I can appreciate the annoyance. When you do poorly while playing at a high level, you get criticism.”

When Gerrard was the manager of Villa, he brought in several well-known players, including the Barcelona forward Phillipe Coutinho, the Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, and the French midfielder Boubacar Kamara. They had been associated with some of the best teams in Europe.

However, Kamara is anticipated to remain out until the new year with knee ligament damage sustained against Southampton last month. At the same time, Carlos suffered a catastrophic ankle injury on his home debut.

Tyrone Mings, a defender for England, was replaced as captain by Scotland’s McGinn in the summer. However, McGinn has had a difficult start to the season.

Michael Beale, Gerrard’s assistant who had been with him since Rangers, departed Villa in the summer to coach QPR.

With Rangers in 2018, Gerrard, who played 710 times for Liverpool, made his senior managerial debut. He helped the team win the Scottish Premiership for the first time in ten years.

Before guiding the under-18 squad in the 2017–18 season, he was an academy coach at Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester and a recent target of criticism, oversaw Gerrard at Liverpool.

Rodgers stated, “I’m depressed for Steven; he did an outstanding job at Rangers, and I suppose the objectives at Villa are to challenge for Europe.

“It feels like a manager loses their job or has their job threatened daily. I believe that time and stability are running out.

“I think he could have made it to where that football team wants to go with time and patience,” the author said.

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