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Aston Villa ‘preparing move’ for Steven Gerrard & four key Rangers figures

Premier League Aston Villa are set to make an approach for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and his backroom team this week with the Ibrox Gaffer reportedly open to discussions.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that Villa’s billionaire owners have earmarked Stevie G as the man to replace Dean Smith at Villa Park.

Premier League Aston Villa are reportedly preparing a move for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The report claims that Gerrard is now Villa’s “number 1 target”, whilst they want their next boss to be in charge at the club’s next home match against Brighton on November 20th.


The Daily Mail believe that if Gerrard goes, assistants Tommy Culshaw, Gary McAllister, first-team coach Michael Beale and head of performance Jordan Milsom would go alongside him.

It’s an ominous claim from the English paper who also point to the fact Gerrard would be closer to home in taking the Villa job after just over three years of living away from his family in Liverpool.

Money no issue in Aston Villa pursuit of Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Gerrard and his backroom staff are contracted to Ibrox until 2024 as things stand but the immense net worth of the Villa Park shareholders means they can more than put forward a suitable financial package to buy the Liverpool legend out.

Villa have heady ambitions in the English game and whilst their stature has diminished in recent seasons they have always been amongst the most celebrated clubs in England.

Bankrolled by North African billionaire Nassef Sawiris – who has a net worth of £6.5bn and a sizeable stake in Adidas – and American investor Wes Edens – who has a fortune of £880m – money is not the issue for the Premier League side.

Aston Villa are being bankrolled by mega-rich duo Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What this may well come down to – if Villa do choose to approach Rangers over Steven Gerrard – is the Ibrox manager’s willingness to move down south.

Rangers manager has links to Aston Villa CEO

The entire thing is also complicated by the fact Aston Villa’s CEO Christian Purslow has a relationship with Gerrard from a shared tenure at Liverpool during the Rangers manager’s playing career.

This relationship was cited in an earlier report which listed Gerrard and Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as the two primary Villa managerial targets.

Purslow is a known admirer of Steven Gerrard and has waxed lyrical about the manager being appointed at Rangers in the past.

“Ten years ago Rangers were in a major European final and the trials and tribulations of that club since then are well documented,” said Purslow in 2018 [Sky Sports].

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has a relationship with now Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow (2nd R) from his time at Liverpool. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“Frankly, disappearing from the top table of European football where this once great club proudly sat, to associate with a person of the reputation of Steven Gerrard puts them back on the map.

“Even if they don’t succeed in confirming the appointment, I may say. And on another tough season and another terrible Old Firm result let’s just hope that wasn’t part of the calculation, even being linked with Steven.”

Aston Villa could yet move elsewhere with other names cited

Whilst Gerrard appears to be the Villain’s first-choice as manager the Mail report also claims Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is running the Anfield legend a close second.

Beyond that, there is also talk of Brentford’s Thomas Frank, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand and fellow England legend Frank Lampard – who is reportedly closing in on a move to Norwich City.

Whatever the case, should Villa approach Rangers then it very much looks like the ball will be in Gerrard’s court.

Will Steven Gerrard stop at 55 with Rangers? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Will the Ibrox legend really up sticks and leave midway through a stuttering season, or does he have unfinished business in Glasgow?

Whilst the papers certainly have Gerrard as Aston Villa’s main managerial target, the reaction of Villa supporters to the links may well surprise you.

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