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bold move Why Steven Gerrard is rolling the dice as he is confirmed as Aston Villa manager

Confirmation that Gerrard has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa arrived on Thursday morning.

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Steven Gerrard is the new man in charge at Aston Villa (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Steven Gerrard is the new man in charge at Aston Villa (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Steven Gerrard is the new man in charge at Aston Villa (Andrew Milligan/PA)

It would have been easy for Steven Gerrard to build on the dominant platform he has built for himself at Rangers and wait for the moment when his dream job at Liverpool became available, but he has never been one to take the easy route.

Confirmation that Gerrard has been appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa arrived on Thursday morning, with the Liverpool legend making a return to the Premier League after a hugely positive first step into management with Rangers.

Staying at Ibrox and becoming a serial trophy winner may well have been enough to guarantee him a crack at the Liverpool job when Jurgen Klopp's time at Anfield comes to an end, but Gerrard has taken the bold step to move into a challenging Premier League job now and he explained his reasons as Villa confirmed the news.

"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," he stated.

"In my conversations with the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club. Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future."

Gerrard's close relationship with Villa CEO Christian Purslow will have been crucial in him accepting this role, as the pair got to know each other during their time together at Liverpool.

"The Board of Aston Villa are delighted to appoint Steven as our new Head Coach," said Purslow of his appointment.

"Since moving into coaching after his illustrious playing career, Steven began by managing and developing top young players in the Liverpool FC Academy which is experience we value highly at Aston Villa.

"He then took the brave decision to test himself in the intense and high pressured environment of the Scottish Old Firm. His subsequent achievement in winning the Premiership title with Glasgow Rangers really caught our eye as did his experience in Europe.

"It has been very clear in our discussions with him that Steven’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values entirely match those of Aston Villa."

Gerrard will not have to wait long to make what will be an emotional return to Anfield as Liverpool will welcome their former captain when he takes his Villa side to Anfield on December 11th.

Interestingly, the match has not been selected for live television coverage in the UK, so the fanfare of coverage that might have been expected will not be on display for his homecoming.

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