Since moving to Aston Villa things haven’t always gone to plan for the legendary ex-Liverpool and England midfielder and after assistant coach Michael Beale took the manager’s job at QPR, the league season has started with defeat to newly promoted Bournemouth.
Aston Villa have undergone a big summer of recruitment, adding high profile names like Phillipe Coutinho permanently, France international Boubacar Kamara and Sevilla defender Diogo Carlos in a £46.5m spending spree [Transfermarkt].
But despite all three players playing at the Vitality, it couldn’t prevent the Premier League outfit falling to a 2-0 defeat the one of the favourites for relegation in Bournemouth.
There’s still plenty of time for the ex-Rangers manager to turn things around, and there is no suggestion anywhere Gerrard faces the Villa axe, but pressure is mounting online amongst fans.
The Premier League is a cut-throat division and if things don’t turn around soon you can expect this sort of chat to make its way into newspapers.
Neil Critchley left a job as Blackpool boss to replace Beale at Villa and now the microscope is on Gerrard and his team in Birmingham.
It’s a situation made worse by open criticism of the underperforming Tyrone Mings, who was stripped of his captaincy for John McGinn earlier in the summer.
Ex-Rangers coach Michael Beale earns first QPR win
Michael Beale’s start to life at Queens Park Rangers has also turned a few heads, the highly-rated coach believed to be the tactical brains behind the operation at Rangers.
Beale got his first win as a first-team manager when QPR as they beat Middlesbrough 3-2, racing into a 3-0 lead before facing a second half Boro scare.
This follows a Championship opening day 1-0 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers.
The coaching duo spent three-and-a-half years at Ibrox before switching Glasgow for the Premier League under controversial circumstances in November last year.
Steven Gerrard and Michael Beale have Rangers legacy despite Aston Villa exit
Mid-international break Steven Gerrard headed south to hook up with ex-Liverpool chief Christian Purslow at Villa Park and since then has set about reversing the club’s Premier League fortunes.
The move was met with a stinging bitterness from some quarters of the Ibrox support who felt Gerrard was leaving the club high-and-dry with an important Premier Sports Cup semi on the horizon and stuttering form in the Premiership.
However, it’s precisely for this reason that plenty believe the move was for the best with the more pragmatic Giovanni van Bronckhorst guiding us to a Europa League Final last season.
The less said about the league campaign under both bosses the better.
But whatever anyone says about Steven Gerrard, Michael Beale, Aston Villa or Rangers, the Ibrox club are undoubtedly indebted to the job both did in Glasgow.
On and off the park Gerrard inherited a shambles and despite stuttering results at times helped overhaul the playing squad and lead the rebuild of the club off the park, with major enhancements at the training centre, Ibrox and in our global reputation under his watch.
Whilst there is little doubt Gerrard and his team should’ve won more over his spell at the club, the job Stevie did in winning 55, stopping 10IAR and building Rangers into a European force makes him an Ibrox immortal.
Fans in football have short memories and whilst the ex-Ibrox gaffer faces a tumultuous spell at Aston Villa, there’s something a tad unbecoming about some of the reaction.
Whatever happens this season, we’ve moved on and so has he and many Rangers supporters would do well to acknowledge and respect just how far both Steven and Michael took the club on and off the pitch during their time in Glasgow.