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Aston Villa: Steven Gerrard takes over his FIRST training session as a manager

Do you like what you see, Stevie? Gerrard takes over his FIRST training session as Aston Villa’s new boss, as he prepares for the Premier League bow against Brighton.


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The Steven Gerrard era at Aston Villa has begun after his new coach held his first training session on Monday.

The 41-year-old seemed at ease in his new surroundings, appearing in a laid-back manner before quickly imposing his philosophy on the Premier League team.

With some of the stars of his first team out on international duty, Gerrard was able to see the quality of others at his Bodymoor Heath training base, such as Ollie Watkins, Ashley Young and on loan Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe.

Steven Gerrard (right) was happy to take over his first Aston Villa training session

Steven Gerrard (right) was happy to take over his first Aston Villa training session

The new boss oversaw Villa's session on Monday at his Bodymoor Heath workout.

The new boss oversaw Villa's session on Monday at his Bodymoor Heath workout.

The new boss oversaw Villa’s session on Monday at his Bodymoor Heath workout.

Gerrard accompanied his deputy director Gary McAllister during the session.

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Gerrard, who since last week was in charge of the Rangers.

The Liverpool legend left the Scottish giants on Thursday to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract with Villa.

The former England midfielder replaces Dean Smith, who was sacked as Villa’s manager on November 7 after suffering five consecutive defeats. His first match in charge will be at home to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Speaking in his first interview as Villa’s boss, Gerrard insists he will have no divided loyalties when he takes his new team to face former club Liverpool next month.

The test clash will be the fifth at the helm at Villa Park, and Gerrard was quick to reveal to fans and his players that his focus is firmly on achieving success at the expense of his former team.

Asked about the preparation for his return by VillaTVGerrard, 41, said: ‘I don’t think I or anyone else can control the noise. That is not important to me.

“The important thing is the possibility of going to Anfield and winning, of getting the maximum points, which is the attitude and the mentality that we have in every game. It is what it is.

‘I want to win every game. My priority and focus, and everything that I will give on a daily basis, will be for Aston Villa. One thing that I can guarantee to the fans, the players and the staff here is that when I commit to something, I do it all. ”

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