One of the Premier League greats, Steven Gerrard, has had his managerial stint at Aston Villa cut short following disappointing results and a poor run of form.
The former Liverpool legend took over at Villa Park in November 2021 and was fired after the team’s 3-0 loss to Fulham on Thursday night. This season, Villa have won just two of their 12 Premier League games, a disappointing record for a promising side with a lot of talent. He has since been succeeded in the role by Unai Emery.
Gerrard joined Aston Villa from Scottish side Rangers after a successful managerial career in Scotland, but unfortunately, he could not replicate the same success. While he has already proven himself as a player; gaining a lot of fans along the way who benefited by placing wagers on the mobile apps of the best betting sites in Brazil, it seems like he has to do more to become a world-class manager.
When Gerrard was the manager of Aston Villa, he brought in a number of well-known players in his quest to challenge other teams in the Premier League and hopefully contest for trophies. Some of these players include Barcelona’s forward Philippe Coutinho, who had previously played for Liverpool in the Premier League; Sevilla defender Diego Carlos; and French midfielder Boubacar Kamara. They were all top players who had been associated with some of the best teams in Europe.
Gerrard signed a contract with Villa for three and a half years worth approximately £5.5 million each season, but despite Villa winning four of their first six games, 2022 has been a terrible year for the club.
In 31 games, they have managed to win only 32 points, winning only 8 games. Aston Villa also drew 8 games and lost 15 games out of 31 games, bringing Steven Gerrard’s win rate to 25.8%. This is as a result of the poor record of his 11-month managerial career at Villa Park. Despite spending a huge amount on transfers throughout the summer, they are still above the relegation zone just due to goal differential.
Following the sackings of Scott Parker by Bournemouth in August, Thomas Tuchel by Chelsea in September, and Bruno Lage by Wolves in early October, Gerrard is the fourth Premier League manager to have been fired this season.
The average tenure of a Premier League manager is currently just over two years, which is more than twice as long as Gerrard’s stint at Villa Park. Looking forward, he will be looking to take a step back, rearrange his tactics and try to get back into the managerial scene.
Unai Emery will be hoping he can turn things around, and outlast the two-year tenure that appears to be an average in the Premier League, although he knows just as well how short time can be in the league following his time at Arsenal.