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Aston Villa could name Steven Gerrard as their new coach at the end of the week

Aston Villa could name Steven Gerrard as its new manager by the end of the week, with Gary McAllister and the rest of the Rangers coaching staff also set for the Midlands.

  • Steven Gerrard is getting closer to taking over Aston Villa as coach
  • The Rangers boss is ready to take his coaching staff from Ibrox to Villa Park.
  • Villa fired Dean Smith on Sunday after five consecutive Premier League losses


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Aston Villa is closing in on naming Steven Gerrard as its new manager with a possible appointment later this week.

Gerrard has been the number one target for owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens and CEO Christian Purslow since Dean Smith was fired last Sunday.

The Rangers were owed around £ 2.5 million in compensation for Gerrard, and negotiations on salary and contract length were expected to proceed smoothly once he and Villa were allowed to communicate directly.

Steven Gerrard is about to leave the Rangers and take over as manager of Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard is about to leave the Rangers and take over as manager of Aston Villa

Gerrard is ready to lead assistants Gary McAllister (left) and Michael Beale (right) to Villa Park.

Gerrard is ready to lead assistants Gary McAllister (left) and Michael Beale (right) to Villa Park.

Gerrard is ready to lead assistants Gary McAllister (left) and Michael Beale (right) to Villa Park.

Villa’s players are hoping for a new coach to train next week before their Premier League meeting with Brighton on 20 November.

Gerrard’s key allies at Ibrox – assistants Tommy Culshaw and Gary McAllister, first team coach Michael Beale, who was Cardiff’s topic of interest last month – are expected to follow.

Roberto Martinez was an alternative to Gerrard on Villa’s shortlist, but Sportsmail understands that the Spaniard has expressed reservations about the role as he prepares to lead Belgium to the World Cup next year.

Another target, Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand, also made clear this week his intention to continue in his current role.

Although most of Villa’s players were saddened to see Smith leave after five consecutive losses, the team’s leading figures are believed to be excited about the prospect of working with Gerrard, who led the Rangers to their 55th title of the Scottish Premiership last season, ending Celtic’s hopes. to claim 10 in a row.

Villa is ranked 16th in the Premier League table, having lost their last five matches in a row

Villa is ranked 16th in the Premier League table, having lost their last five matches in a row

Villa is ranked 16th in the Premier League table, having lost their last five matches in a row

The potential move would see Gerrard return to the Premier League for the first time since his days as Liverpool captain.

The potential move would see Gerrard return to the Premier League for the first time since his days as Liverpool captain.

The potential move would see Gerrard return to the Premier League for the first time since his days as Liverpool captain.

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