Aston Villa ‘decides to say goodbye to Steven Gerrard’

Aston Villa has decided to part ways with manager Steven Gerrard, according to a report, with Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery lining up as possible replacements.

Aston Villa have decided to say goodbye to manager Steven Gerrardaccording to a report.

The 42-year-old’s position at Villapark has been under pressure in recent weeks after a poor start to the 2022-2023 season.

Villa drew two, three and lost five of their first 10 Premier League games this season and they are currently in 16th place in the table, just one point above the relegation zone.

Gerard, who replaced Dean Smith last November saw his side go on an unbeaten run of four games, including three draws, before their 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

The former Rangers manager recently admitted that he “loves” the pressures of being a Villa boss and that he is comfortable with the high expectations placed on him by both the club and fans.

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“I came here with great expectations for myself and a lot of faith. There should be expectations for me and this group. I think that’s only good if it’s realistic,” Gerrard told reporters last week.

“We keep trying to be the best we can be and rising in the competition. Expectations and pressures are all part of the job. We have owners and a board that are extremely ambitious, that’s the pressure I have, and I love it.

“We are competing in the most brutal and tough competition out there. I can’t demand time or keep asking for it, I have to deliver. The faster I can do it, the better.”

However, Gerrard’s tenure in Villa’s dugout has reportedly come to an end as: Football Insider claims the club’s hierarchy has decided to fire the Englishman with immediate effect.

The report adds that Villa is keen to name a successor before the end of the month, with: Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery both identified as potential replacements.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Mauricio Pochettino on February 26, 2022© Reuters

Pochettino is currently out of work after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, despite leading the French giants to the Ligue 1 title last season.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton boss has been linked with a number of jobs since his resignation, but he is said to be open to taking the reins at Villa Park.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal boss Emery is currently in charge of La Liga outfit Villarrealwhere he has no contract next summer.

The 50-year-old won the Europa League with the Yellow Submarine in his first season with the club in 2020-21 before leading them to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

If we are to believe the reports, Gerrard will become the fourth Premier League manager to lose his job this season Scott Parker, Thomas Tuchel and Bruno Lage.

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