Steven Gerrard sacking talk intensifies amid worrying claim over Aston Villa owners as date set on possible ax


Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard after the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Credit: Alamy

Aston Villa have reportedly given serious thought to sacking Steven Gerrard amid claims the owners are massively disappointed with the impact he has had since taking charge of Villa Park.

The former Rangers manager made the move from the Midlands giants in November last year – and initially had a big impact on results. Taking over from the sacked Dean Smith, he immediately moved Villa up in upward mobility. He arrived at the club after leading Rangers to the 2021 Scottish Premiership title.

Those hopes are growing thanks to a very productive transfer window in January. Indeed, with Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, ​​they were also able to add Lucas Digne, Calum Chambers and Robin Olsen.

Villa eventually ended the 2021/22 season in 14th position, six points from the first half.

But hopes for a better season this time around have been buoyed by bigger summer investments. To that end, Villa have spent almost £60m to make Coutinho’s loan permanent and also sign Boubacar Kamara, Leandro Dendoncker and Diego Carlos.

However, Losing Carlos to a serious Achilles injury in only his second game for the club was a blow.

And not much has gone right for the club since then, after a string of lackluster results.

Villa currently sit in 16th place, with just two wins in nine games all season. And recent disappointing performances in drawing at Nottingham Forest and 10-man Leeds have done little to boost morale.

Now, according to Football Insidertalks have taken place at Villa Park over the possibility of Gerrard being sacked.

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They claim club owners Naseef Sawiris and Wes Edens are concerned about the lack of progress in Gerrard’s 11 months in charge.

Citing a well-placed source within the club, the US-based owners will hold further talks to decide Gerrard’s fate. And the club will decide whether he stays with Gerrard before their deadline, which turns out to be like before the World Cup.

This means Gerrard may only have seven games left to prove to Sawiris and Edens that he is the right man for the job.

Villa face a turbulent series of games before parting ways for the World Cup on November 13.

Next up is a tricky clash against Graham Potter’s Chelsea improvement. And what follows are matches with Fulham, Brentford, Newcastle, Man Utd twice (once in the Carabao Cup) and finally Brighton.

As such, a decision on his future will likely be made at that time.

But the report claims that Sawiris and Edens are also aware of the unhappiness of supporters. Some of them chanted ‘we want Gerrard out’ after the full-time whistle at the City Ground on Monday night.

Gerrard was unlucky – but the results should be better

Gerrard and Villa have been unhappy this season with a string of injuries limiting their options.

That best summed up the potentially season-ending blow Carlos suffered in just his second game. Since then, Digne and Kamara have also succumbed to beatings, while Matty Cash has also missed out at Leeds.

However, Gerrard seems uncertain about his best team at Villa. Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins have both rotated, while Emiliano Buendia has also been in and out of the squad as Gerrard struggles to fit in with both the Argentine and the Coutinho.

Things could get worse for Villa in January, with midfield stalwart Douglas Luiz also likely to leave. To this end, the tiger midfielder reportedly told friends where he wanted to play next.

Despite this, the results really should have been better. Villa have played with a lack of confidence and conviction in their two recent draws.

Indeed, wins at Forest and Leeds were there for the taking with a braver and more clinical display. Watkins, in particular, was particularly wasteful at Leeds.

The next step, against Chelsea, will not be easy. Potter’s side have won their last four games, including back-to-back wins over AC Milan.

And a defeat for Villa could leave the club in the relegation zone if further results go against it.

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