Several Rangers fans have been enraged by the timing of Steven Gerrard’s transfer to Aston Villa, after his departure was confirmed Thursday morning.
The Liverpool legend took over at Ibrox in 2018, since he led the prolific club to a historic 55th Scottish Premiership title last season, broke Celtic’s nine-straight sequence and remained undefeated throughout the league campaign. .
Gerrard is now leaving the club at a decisive stage of the season, with the Scottish champion sitting just four points ahead of rival Celtic, with a League Cup semi-final against Hibernian just 10 days away and qualification for knockouts. of the Europa League in your hands.
Aston Villa has announced the appointment of Steven Gerrard as its new coach
Liverpool legend guided Rangers to a historic Scottish Premiership title last season
The Rangers, who were paid a total of £ 2.5 million in compensation, announced the news on their social media platforms, with President Douglas Park thanking Gerrard for his work over the past three and a half years.
Meanwhile, athletic director Ross Wilson insisted that both Gerrard and his backroom staff will always be welcome at Ibrox.
However, that message has not been fully translated to a large proportion of fans, who feel they have been disappointed at such a crucial moment in the campaign.
In response to the Rangers ‘statement on Twitter, one fan wrote:’ Sad sad day. I would like to thank him for what he has done for our great club, but I will never forgive him for leaving us at this time and now I have lost ALL respect for him. NOBODY is bigger than the club. ‘
Another wrote: ‘I appreciate the work you did in the 3 years, from disaster to Champions. Sadly, a very sarcastic exit is a bad way to end. ”
One fan, clearly unsure how to take the news, wrote: ‘Divided on this today. I’m furious that he’s done it with a must-win match in Europe and a semi-final is coming up, but we also all knew that his loyalty was never to the Rangers in the long run and I want someone who can win and who loves the club. Who is the next one?’
Several Ranges fans were furious due to the timing of Gerrard’s departure to Aston Villa.
In particular, several Rangers fans believe Gerrard hasn’t kept his word, having downplayed talks about an exit as recently as October.
When asked about the surrounding speculation, having been linked to the job vacancy at Newcastle, a place Eddie Howe held, Gerrard responded with, ‘I look happy, I look settled, don’t ask me stupid questions then.’
Gerrard boasted an impressive 64.6 percent win record while in Scotland – SofaScore graphic
Furthermore, after being confirmed as Scottish champions for the first time in a decade in March last year, Gerrard insisted that more would come.
Then he said, ‘There’s more to come and what’s next for me, when you win, it’s always about what’s next. I am very proud of the players above all, they are the most important people within the club.
‘I always said that the first would be the hardest. But I’m hungry for more and I hope my players share it with me. If they do, it will be an exciting time to be a Rangers fan. ‘
An angry fan wrote: ‘Cheers for the memories, but it’s kind of horrible to go halfway through after saying a few weeks ago that I wasn’t going anywhere. Leave a decent coach, but a few cups less than a legend.
Another wrote: ‘Absolute serpent. I hope they relegate them. I absolutely don’t want him to do that at this point in the season. ”
More fans were disappointed after Gerrard had forcefully stifled talks about an imminent departure.
Indeed, Gerrard has received a strong backlash at the news of his departure, but there are several fans who have instead thanked their former boss for his services.
Although he always insisted he was happy with the Gers, a move south allows the former England captain to spend more time with his family, who still live in the Liverpool area.
It’s also no secret that Gerrard’s ultimate goal is to manage Liverpool, the club with which he is synonymous with a brilliant playing career at Anfield. Bringing success to Villa could be his last stepping stone to his dream job, once Jurgen Klopp finally leaves.
That sentiment was shared by several fans, one of whom wrote: ‘Our fans who are calling you a rat etc, take control of yourselves man. We will miss you. I hope he does great things at Villa. ‘
Another wrote: “Thank you for transforming our soccer club and getting us back where we belong.”
One optimistic fan chimed in and said: ‘As disappointing as it is, let’s see how the players react. With the right appointment, we could get a new manager back on its feet in a difficult couple of months. This could very well be a blessing in disguise. ‘
Other fans insisted Gerrard should be thanked after turning the club’s fortunes