Soccer News: Aston Villa sack Gerrard after Fulham defeat

    Aston Villa have sacked Steven Gerrard, who managed the club for just under a year after losing 3-0 to Fulham in the Premier League.

    The former Liverpool midfielder arrived last November to take over from Dean Smith, who had previously led Rangers to success in the Scottish Premier League the previous season.

    But a dismal start to the 2022-23 campaign with just two top-flight wins in 11 games means he’s been shown the door, with Villa just above the relegation zone in goals scored.

    Gerrard’s position was already uncertain before the meeting with Marco Silva’s Cottagers.

    But the spectacle of horror – when they conceded a penalty, scored an own goal and sent off a player – meant there was little chance of a late reprieve.

    “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and dedication and wish him all the best for the future,” the club said in a brief statement.

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