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Should Steven Gerrard leave the Rangers to become Aston Villa’s manager?

It was only last month that Steven Gerrard was linked to the Newcastle job in the wake of his £ 300 million takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.

The Rangers manager, following his team’s Europa League win over Brondby, was asked to address speculation that he was on the run to replace the late Steve Bruce at Tyneside.

‘Do I look happy? Do I look settled? So don’t ask me stupid questions, ” he replied.

However, it appears Aston Villa is now next in line to ask him a ‘dumb question’ and test his determination to stay at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard is Aston Villa's first choice and has impressed his owners with his work at Rangers.

Dean Smith was fired by Villa after losing five games in a row with his childhood club.

Dean Smith was fired by Villa after losing five games in a row with his childhood club.

Steven Gerrard (left) is Aston Villa’s first choice to replace Dean Smith (right) as manager

Dean Smith was relieved of his duties at the weekend and, with Villa just two points from the drop zone, a speed date appears to be in play as the club’s owners look for an immediate impact.

That Gerrard’s name is continually linked to vacancies in the south should come as no surprise given his position as former England and Liverpool captain, as well as the success he had in his first managerial job winning the Scottish Premiership title. last season.

There is no doubt that he will eventually direct in England again. But is it really Villa’s work that tempts you? Here, some big names are trying to answer that particular question …

Gerrard has had great success in Scotland and returned the league title to Ibrox

Gerrard has had great success in Scotland and returned the league title to Ibrox

Gerrard has had great success in Scotland and returned the league title to Ibrox

BRIAN LAUDRUP (RANGER 1994-1998)

The first thing I would say about Aston Villa’s interest in Steven Gerrard is the same as when he was tied to Newcastle.

It’s great for the Scottish football image that one of their coaches is being talked about for the English Premier League.

Otherwise, however, I see a number of problems. If you look at the best coaches in the world, it’s pretty rare that they go to a team in the middle of the season.

It is not unheard of. Look at Antonio Conte and Tottenham. But it is relatively rare.

My brother, Michael, always said that if you wanted to achieve something, you couldn’t get a mid-season job. You can’t change that much, you don’t have a preseason to set things up, and you probably can’t buy many of the players you want.

Brian Laudrup praised Gerrard but spoke about the risks of joining a club mid-season.

Brian Laudrup praised Gerrard but spoke about the risks of joining a club mid-season.

Brian Laudrup praised Gerrard but spoke about the risks of joining a club mid-season.

It’s definitely not a win-win situation.

I’d be surprised if Gerrard went to Aston Villa at this point. I hope he stays at Ibrox for the rest of this season.

After? If southern interest still exists, you might feel like it’s time to move on, take on a new challenge, and reach out to your family. I can’t see it right now, but I could be wrong. Only Gerrard knows.

He has shown loyalty to the Rangers during his time in charge, but the club has also shown him great loyalty since he was first offered the opportunity to take his first step in management.

Listen, Gerrard paid you back by handing over the title last season, but I still see unfinished business in the current campaign: another title, the Scottish Cup, the League Cup. There is a possibility that Rangers will enter the Champions League, with all the huge benefits it would bring to a club that last week posted a loss of £ 23.5 million.

He still has a lot ahead of him in the next six or seven months. I’d like to think that your focus will remain on Ibrox during that period.

DANNY MURPHY (PLAYED WITH GERRARD FOR LIVERPOOL AND ENGLAND)

I would be very, very surprised if he left the Rangers to join Villa.

Not because Villa is not a great club, but there is a limit to which you can take them. The ceiling is low.

It doesn’t matter what the Aston Villa owners (Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens) think. Thought and reality are two different things.

Danny Murphy says a club like Villa can only go so far and have a ceiling of achievement

Danny Murphy says a club like Villa can only go so far and have a ceiling of achievement

Danny Murphy says a club like Villa can only go so far and have a ceiling of achievement

I speak from Gerrard’s position and if you ask me about his mindset, I would suggest that he wants to be at the top of the tree in management in terms of competing for leagues and champions’ leagues and winning European trophies. At Rangers, he is trying to win titles and win the Europa League.

I think that, as I have said before, your highest ambition is to manage Liverpool and is there another springboard between Rangers and Liverpool?

I’m not so sure there is.

JAMIE CARRAGHER (PLAYED WITH GERRARD FOR LIVERPOOL AND ENGLAND)

I think Aston Villa as a club would be a great move for Steven Gerrard.

But the situation he’s in now is that he took the title away from Celtic last season and he’s in a great position to win it again.

I think that, in a perfect world, you would want to stay at Rangers until the end of the season and come out of there with two titles.

His close friend Jamie Carragher thinks Villa is the best possible deal for his former teammate.

His close friend Jamie Carragher thinks Villa is the best possible deal for his former teammate.

His close friend Jamie Carragher thinks Villa is the best possible deal for his former teammate.

I mean, this is not something that comes from Steven Gerrard, but I think that sooner or later, there will be a great chance that Steven Gerrard will make it to the Premier League.

But for me, it is difficult.

If you were offered the job at Aston Villa, I don’t think there are many jobs in the Premier League that would offer you (that would be) better than that.

People talk about Liverpool, and that could be another two or three years with Jurgen Klopp, but you’re not going to get any better job, so it would be a decision for him.

But, in a perfect world, I think Steven Gerrard wants to walk away from the Rangers with another pair of trophies.

Carragher admits that Gerrard probably only wants to leave the Rangers if he wins more titles.

Carragher admits that Gerrard probably only wants to leave the Rangers if he wins more titles.

Carragher admits that Gerrard probably only wants to leave the Rangers if he wins more titles.

CHRIS SUTTON (CELTIC 2000-06)

If you ask me if you were offered the job, would you take it? I think I would.

He’s done a really excellent job for the Rangers, preventing Celtic from winning ten in a row. A great, great deal.

The Rangers posted huge losses just days ago. I wonder … He’s been up there for a long time, three years. I think he has done exceptionally well in Europe, if you look at his team last season, I don’t think he is that good this season.

Celtic hero turned expert Chris Sutton says Villa would be an ideal team for Gerrard to learn

Celtic hero turned expert Chris Sutton says Villa would be an ideal team for Gerrard to learn

Celtic hero turned expert Chris Sutton says Villa would be an ideal team for Gerrard to learn

Eventually Steven Gerrard will come south and of course there is talk that he will end up in Liverpool.

There has to be … I don’t want to call Aston Villa a stepping stone because it is a huge club, but he needs to learn his trade at a club like Aston Villa. I think you really do manage Celtic, you manage Rangers and it has a useful life.

I wonder if Steven Gerrard has reached the end of his useful life. If he is offered the job, I’m pretty sure he’d take it.

BARRY FERGUSON (1997-2003, 2005-09)

Aston Villa, in the last couple of transfer windows, have spent over £ 100 million on each window. That is the difference.

My honest opinion: I think he himself will think, to go there (to England), he still needs to win more trophies.

At some point, it’s going to go away, but I don’t think it’s now with the two jobs that have come up in the last few weeks, Newcastle and Aston Villa. I don’t think now is the right time and I think Steven Gerrard thinks that too.

Rangers icon Barry Ferguson (center) feels Gerrard wants to win more trophies before he leaves

Rangers icon Barry Ferguson (center) feels Gerrard wants to win more trophies before he leaves

Rangers icon Barry Ferguson (center) feels Gerrard wants to win more trophies before he leaves

In my opinion, he thinks he needs to win or get more trophies before taking that step to the Premier League, because it is going to happen.

All Rangers fans should be realistic and know what will happen at some point. But right now, I don’t think it will.

One trophy in nine. So I think he will stay, to go find more. You know you need to increase your collection and try to retain the league.

So your stock is even higher.

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