Dean Smith’s time as Aston Villa manager was severely under pressure heading into this weekend’s Premier League action but sadly, it ended up being his last in the dugout.
As the Villans slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Southampton, Smith left the stadium and was then handed his marching orders less than 24 hours later.
Villa are now without a point in their last five matches but the club’s hierarchy have used the upcoming international break to make a much-needed change.
With the club in no danger of improving their form, they told the 50-year-old to pack his bags and head out of the exit door.
Consequently, NSWE are now looking for a new manager.
The Sun revealed on Saturday evening that they may consider Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand but fresh reports dictate there are other irons in the fire.
John Percy of The Telegraph shared on Sunday afternoon that Steven Gerrard was on Villa’s shortlist.
This is a piece of news that should leave the Villa supporters buzzing.
Gerrard might not have very much experience under his belt but the fact of the matter is, he could improve them in multiple facets.
He has installed a gritty and never-say-die attitude within his players at Rangers, a mentality that helped them end Celtic’s nine-year stronghold over Scottish football as the Gers won the Premiership last season.
The Liverpudlian ensured that happened by combining a swashbuckling offensive approach with a sturdy backline.
So far this term, the Midlands outfit have shipped 20 goals, the highest volume outside of the relegation zone.
First and foremost, the new manager must make Villa harder to beat and in Gerrard, a manager who already knows how to win things, they’d definitely discover that.
Of course, the Premier League is a completely different beast to the SPFL but if he comes in and manages to revive Villa, as he did Rangers, the supporters at the club would undoubtedly be delighted to see him in the hot seat.