Steven Gerrard set to be named new Aston Villa boss within coming hours as Rangers chief arrives in London for talks11/10/2021
STEVEN GERRARD is set to be named new Aston Villa boss and has arrived in London to finalise the sensational move.
The former Liverpool player has been an incredible success north of the border with Rangers, romping home to the Scottish Premiership title last season.
And now he is set to make an emotional return to the Premier League with Villa, who sacked Dean Smith over the weekend.
A video was shared by The Ibrox Channel on Twitter showing the 41-year-old arriving in London for more talks.
Gerrard wheeled a small black suitcase off the train, holding a suit carrier in the other hand.
Birmingham Live's Villa correspondent Ashley Preece tweeted that the deal is 'all but done' and he will 'finalise his backroom staff' imminently.
The Villans lost their fifth match in a row at Southampton on Friday night and sit 15th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone.
Lifelong fan Smith took over at Villa Park in October 2018 and earned promotion via the play-offs in his first season.
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He then kept the club in the Premier League for two seasons and reached the 2020 Carabao Cup final.
But Smith struggled to get his team finding form this season following the £100million sale of star man Jack Grealish.
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow, who previously worked with Gerrard at Anfield, has been engaged in a 'period of intense back channelling and extensive background checks' since axing Smith, according to the Daily Record.
I think for Steven Gerrard it's the perfect club.
Gerrard still has over two years left on his Rangers contract but Villa believe a compensation package between £2m and £3m will trigger a release clause will get their man.
Gerrard himself is said to be ‘open to the idea’ of a Premier League return, with former teammates Jamie Carragher and Ashley Cole deeming it an opportunity he can’t turn down.
Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor is convinced Steven Gerrard will soon be appointed the next boss of the Midlands side.
He told talkSPORT that he was hearing positive things about Gerrard replacing Dean Smith in the Villa Park hotseat.
Agbonlahor said: "I'm hearing reports it's close to being done as well.
"I think for Steven Gerrard it's the perfect club, it gets him to the Premier League, managing in the Premier League."
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