Aston Villa players are enjoying the new management of Steven Gerrard and his backroom team at Villa Park.
That’s according to a claim made by Rio Ferdinand, with the former England international revealing in recent comments cited by Birmingham Live that the Aston Villa squad have been highly impressed with the training sessions and structure Gerrard and his team have put into practice at Bodymoor Heath since their arrival at the club earlier this month.
Speaking about Gerrard’s influence at Villa, Ferdinand said: “I’m hearing some really good, good vibes that are coming out of Villa, the way that they’re training. They’re super impressed with his coaching staff.
“The clarity with which they’re training, they’ve got a clear idea what they’re going to do. [They’re] enjoying the sessions and getting the results right now, so there’s some positive stuff right now.”
Considering that, prior to Gerrard’s arrival, Villa were on a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats, the fact that the 41-year-old has secured back to back wins in his first two league fixtures would indeed appear to suggest that the Aston Villa squad are buying into the former Liverpool captain’s methods.
Indeed, there is one of Gerrard’s backroom staff who followed him from Ibrox to Villa Park, Michael Beale, who has a particularly impressive reputation on the training ground, with the Villa manager himself stating during his time at Rangers: “It would take me 15-20 years to become as good as Michael Beale as an on-pitch coach, delivering sessions on a daily basis, so I let Mick be Mick because he’s the expert.”
Furthermore, Danny Mills claimed that Gary McAllister, Gerrard’s assistant manager at both Rangers and Villa, is also an excellent figure to have around the club, with the former Leeds United defender stating:
“Villa fans should be delighted his whole backroom team is coming. 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.”
And, considering Villa’s results on the pitch under the leadership of the 41-year-old, it would indeed seem as if Gerrard and his team deserve the substantial amount of praise being lavished upon them, with things very much looking on the up at Villa Park at present – something that will undoubtedly delight fans of the club.