Steven Gerrard was appointed Aston Villa manager on a two-and-a-half year deal on Wednesday and has wasted little time settling in. The 41-year-old has taken his Rangers backroom staff with him which is bad news for the Scottish Premiership side but good news for the Villans.
Gary McAllister (Assistant Head Coach), Michael Beale (Assistant Head Coach), Tom Culshaw (Technical Coach), Scott Mason (Lead Analyst) and Jordan Milsom (Head of Fitness and Conditioning) were confirmed by Villa.
Danny Mills says the move should delight supporters, telling Football Insider: “He’s done a good job at Rangers. I think it’s vitally important, and Villa fans should be delighted, his whole backroom team is coming.
“Michael Beale is a fantastic coach with a great reputation. Gary McAllister, part of that as well, he’s been there, seen it and done it at big clubs in the Premier League. There’s great experience coming with Steven Gerrard. He’s a stellar name, he’s ambitious with huge drive.”
Mills is right. Villa will be delighted that Gerrard is bringing his staff with him, as they achieved greatness together in Scotland. The former Liverpool midfielder was appointed Rangers boss in 2018 and won 124 of 192 games, winning one Premiership title and leaving while the Gers were top this season.
Villa are currently 16th in the Premier League with 10 points from 11 games, having lost their last five. They’re only two points above the relegation zone and five adrift of the top-half, so Gerrard and his team have a lot of work to do.
After the international break, Villa host Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls are without a win in their last six games, so Gerrard could get his management off to the perfect start.