Steven Gerrard reveals why he accepted the Aston Villa job


New Aston Villa coach Steven Gerrard has revealed that he accepted the job because the opportunity was “too great” to say no, while he believes the club suits him or him.

Gerrard had a contract with the former Rangers club until 2024 and was fast becoming a legend in Glasgow by winning the Scottish Premier League title last season – a first since before the club’s financial implosion and forced relegation in 2012.

Rangers once again led Celtic in the Premier League table when the call came from Villa, offering Gerrard his first taste of the Premier League lead south of the border.

A purist may have wanted the former Liverpool player to make it to the Rangers, win more trophies and perhaps someday restore the club to the Champions League group stage. He freely admits that it is a “risk” to leave, but this was a job he knew he had to take.

“Aston Villa are selling themselves – an iconic football club. I know [it] pretty good from the outside, and I’m very excited about getting involved inside and starting to build relationships, Gerrard tells Villa TV.

“I like a challenge. I like a risk. It’s something I’m really looking forward to getting into. This club will suit me because I know the fans are very passionate and there is a demand and pressure to win. is something I have lived with since I was 17. ”

Gerrard said Villa was “too big” to say no / Ian MacNicol / GettyImages

Gerrard explained that only one day passed between Villa’s contacts and that he was officially revealed as Dean Smith’s replacement on a three and a half year contract until 2025.

“I was first aware of Aston Villa’s interest on Wednesday, I got a call from my representative, and when the phone call dropped in, I wanted this to happen very quickly, because first and foremost, the opportunity was too great,” he explained.

“From there it went very quickly. Thanks to Villa, how quickly they got things done. Not just me, the staff I take with me too. I also have to show my respect to the Rangers, who were very professional in business as well.”

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