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Aston Villa appoint Gerrard as new manager

LONDON, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — Aston Villa have appointed Steven Gerrard as their new head coach, announced the English Premier League club on Thursday.

Gerrard, 41, led the Glasgow Rangers to win the Scottish Premiership title last season. According to British media, the former Liverpool captain has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Villa who sacked Dean Smith last Sunday after five defeats in a row in the Premier League.

“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new head coach,” said Gerrard. He also thanked Rangers for giving him the opportunity to manage the team. “Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Gerrard played for Liverpool in 17 seasons until 2015 before spending a year at LA Galaxy. The versatile youth hung up his boots at the end of 2016 and went back Liverpool to gain coaching experience at the Reds’ academy.

Gerrard took charge of Rangers since 2018, guiding the team to win the Scottish Premiership title last season without losing a single league match. It was the Rangers’ first league title in 10 years.

Villa sit 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone. They will host seventh-placed Brighton on November 20.

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