Gerrard eager for first match as Villa boss

Steven Gerrard said his first match as Aston Villa manager “can’t come quickly enough” as he prepares for the visit of Brighton on Saturday.

The 41-year-old left Scottish champions Rangers to take the helm at the Birmingham-based club, who sacked Dean Smith last week after five successive league defeats.

Villa are languishing in 16th place in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone, after 11 games but Gerrard is raring to get going.

“The excitement levels are really, really high,” former Liverpool midfielder Gerrard told VillaTV. “I’m very hungry, very ambitious and the start can’t come quickly enough.”

Gerrard, who steered Rangers to their first Scottish title in a decade last season, said the opportunity to take over at such an “iconic” club was too good to turn down.

“I think coming to Villa, competing against Villa for many, many years, I know the size of the club, I know the standards that are already here,” he said. – AFP

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