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Steven Gerrard Welcome He Swaps Ibrox For Villa Park

Steven Gerrard has been confirmed as the new Aston Villa head coach. What we know so far is Steven Gerrard could have stayed at Glasgow Rangers and potentially taken them automatically straight into the proper stages of the Champions League by winning the Scottish League title this season. But no, he never chose the safe option, such is the bravery of the man. He clearly believes in his own managerial ability. So he’s opted for the beautiful south. He no doubt feels that Villa Park could be Rotterdam anywhere, Liverpool Or Rome. πŸ‘

I don’t buy we will just be a stepping stone for him. Some Villa fans really are stuck in 1982. The truth is the only guy who probably wouldn’t leave us to manage Liverpool was the guy we just sacked, Dean Smith.  

Villa A Massive Club

Steven Gerrard knows what a massive club Aston Villa is. So it’s a real coup for him to land this job, especially so early in his career. Honestly how could he turn it down, it was a no brainer. Make no mistake this is a huge gamble by the Villa hierarchy. But all appointments carry an element of risk. Some more than others, and this appointment falls into the latter.

What we do know is that Steven Gerrard is a winner. He wants to Impress and succeed in football management. And he has done that so far at Glasgow Rangers. Ok there is a massive difference between the English Premier League and the Scottish Premier so we can only judge him on the job he does at Villa.

Rude Awakening

I think it’s a certainty he will not accept mediocre performances. So in that sense some of the players who cost Dean Smith his job will have a rude awakening. Steven Gerrard is inheriting a far better squad of players than Dean Smith did. So there is something to work with while he assesses the squad. So there is really no reason why he shouldn’t  hit the ground running.

We all know the Villa job has been something of a poison chalice for so many who have gone before him. So I understand that some Villa fans will have reservations about this appointment. Because (A) his lack of experience and (B) being a good player doesn’t necessarily mean it will transpire into management. All we can hope for is that, when Steven Gerrard eventually parts company with Aston Villa. He leaves us in better shape than when he joined, just like his predecessor did. So all I will say for now is welcome Steven Gerrard become a bigger legend than you already are, in managment at Villa park.

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Vancouvervillan
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2 months ago

Harder to play through was the key. Forwards a little deeper allowed plenty of cover for our MF & defence. It did mean we were getting less bodies forward at times though (MF arriving in the box) which probably doesn’t help the likes of Buendia. It did allow our FB’s to get forward though.
Can’t help thinking had we not won he might of got some stick for his subs, Young & AEG had me worried. At the same time he has to get a look at his options in action. I think we’ll see a simitar approach for a few weeks to come.
We’ll see, it was a good confidence building start.

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2 months ago

Yep. I think it has a lot to do with confidence, and the win will do us a power of good. Great atmosphere yesterday, the crowd needed the win almost as much as the team did. Decent performances all round – Buendia and Bailey look like they need more match time and will hopefully be the key to upping the levels.

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2 months ago
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I’m struggling a bit with some of the critism of Buendia I’m reading. He’s a hard working player, happy to drop deep but he’s had injuries to deal with and injuries to those around him who will help him. A settled team and position will help him no end. He needs runners and we had few yesterday maybe because we were keeping it tight and narrow.
I watched Lucas Mora today and see a similar grafter in Buendia. Bailey needs a regular run and some confidence. A lot to look forward to from these two imo.

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2 months ago
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Yep we needed a win and he got it done. Liked the Watkins goal, good counter.
We always look more solid with Nakamba in there for me.
UTV !

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2 months ago
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To be fair it’s limited options. Only surprise is Sanson apparently half fit

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2 months ago
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As expected then
I wonder if we’ll see Chuck today?

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2 months ago

Catch up in the morning.
Got to say I’m dreading hearing the holte singing the Steve Gerrard Gerrard song πŸ™„ just don’t sit right

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2 months ago

LOL. I’ll be there, singing away
Might be getting old, but I still have the voice 🀣

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2 months ago
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πŸ‘

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2 months ago
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I saw that too. And it seems that she has recently broken up with her ex from the PSG Ladies team. Swings both ways obviously 🀣

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2 months ago
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Stop it lol πŸ˜†

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2 months ago
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Tough life being a PL footballer πŸ™„

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2 months ago

There’s some posts gone missing.
Or am I just imagining that ? 🀣

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2 months ago
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Shame that. As much as I sometimes disagree with what others have to say, it’s always good to have differing views.

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2 months ago
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Really I thought he had tougher skin then that.
Elvis has left the building 🀧

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2 months ago

🀣🀣🀣

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2 months ago

The bottom line is I’ll be over the moon if SG leaves us in better shape than when he arrived. Not too many managers have done that and I’ll not be making my mind up on whether he can do that based on interviews and body language in week one before the teams kicked a ball.

Expectations need to be tempered.

The usual “best U23’s ever” stuff is already going on and has been since Jack. We have 7 players worth over 30 million pounds by my reckoning.
I get the support the Villa manager always stuff (at least until the 1st bad sub 🀣) but I’m slightly surprised at the expectations from someone with NO record in English football whatsoever.

With the next generation kids and the player assets I mention SG is a huge gamble, shocking for me given the investment and asset potential that we would take such a risk.
I’m sorry but it also looks cheap & embarrassing, like Rooney going to Derby, we’re we really so desperate for a “name” that we picked someone with zero experience ?
Don’t worry everything will be fine he’s a born winner & has passion ! πŸ™„

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2 months ago

Nothing wrong with having great expectations, and I see no reason whatsoever to temper mine ! There are as many examples of managers new to English football who’ve made a pretty good fist of it as those who have failed.

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2 months ago
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Hope he gets off to a flying start, we need it.
Some of the players need a rocket up the backside too.

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2 months ago

Not so sure that’s quite what they need.
I always thought that Traore (the Wolves one) looked like he played with a rocket up his arse. Just wasn’t able to direct himself properly.

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2 months ago
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I’ll get over the appointment 😎
I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that we’re not acting like a top six club.
As always I want him to suceed, whoever the manager is.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow and hoping he can solve some of the problems, well see, he’s going to have similar problems with injuries, MF etc to the other fella. I’ll also be giving him some time, I’m usually pretty patient with new managers.

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2 months ago

Well, I just think you are being a miserable git 🀣

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2 months ago
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🀣
Well there is that yes,
but time to move on.
Opportunity missed imo.

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2 months ago

I see Vancouver has been cut off from the rest of the world.
Thought you might be going stir crazy 🀣

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2 months ago
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Yep, comes across really well, seemingly astute, appears to have picked up a lot of the best from some very impressive managers / coaches he has worked with in the past. I have a very good feeling about it – hopefully it’s the injection we need to get us moving forwards again. I was a Smith man, now I’m getting quite used to being a Gerrard man. Onwards and upwards. UTV.

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2 months ago

Any thoughts on who in the squad will benefit the most from a new lease of life under SG?

I would think Sanson and a few of the youth for sure. I also think a few like Luiz, Targett and Mings might have to up their game especially the captain. 😎

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2 months ago

Impressive first interview. He’s well up for it. As he should be I suppose !

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2 months ago
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Yep. It’s exciting. I have recently been dreading going to VP – hoping that changes now !

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2 months ago
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I did catch the podcast you posted the link to and yes he did sound impressive, both in that interview and the one today. All new managers do though don’t they?
I think the fact he clearly won’t accept mediocrity from the players is a big plus. I can’t see the January market being huge for us, any sales going to be extremely difficult and I’m sure FFP is still a factor. So he’s going to have to get a tune out of what he’s inheriting and we do have 6 or 7, 30 million pound players don’t we.

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2 months ago
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Well let’s hope they are told to stay sitting down, it was getting embarrassing πŸ™„

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πŸ‘ one who we’ll see progress nicely under SG I would think.
He’s possibly been our best midfielder this season so far.
SG might have a few pleasant surprises with some of our youth.

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