EPL: Carragher makes claim as Steven Gerrard takes charge of Aston Villa


Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has claimed that taking charge of Aston Villa was a ‘no brainer’ for Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard was officially unveiled as Aston Villa’s new manager on Thursday following the sacking of Dean Smith.

The former midfield maestro joined Villa from Rangers, where he won two Scottish titles.

Reacting, Carragher, a close friend and former team-mate of Gerrard, told Sky Sports, “I think Stevie would love to have added another league title and done four years there and won the title twice and they were in a great position to do that,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“It’s not a given, obviously there’s the second half of the season, but to come away from Rangers having two titles and also then going into that next job which everyone felt was always going to be the Premier League with a season in front of you is always ideal for a manager.

“That’s where it may have torn Stevie. It’s halfway through a season, he’s straight into with Aston Villa, but in terms of going from the SPL to the Premier League, I just don’t think it’s a decision.

“That’s unfortunate for Celtic and Rangers, two of the biggest clubs anywhere. I am not going to be disrespectful to those clubs, as they are actually giants.

“But it’s not how big Villa is compared to Rangers, it’s how big the Premier League is compared to the Scottish Premier League and it’s night and day.

“Any player who gets the opportunity if he’s playing for Celtic or Rangers or a manager to move to the Premier League, everyone would make that move and we saw that a few years ago with Brendan Rodgers leaving Celtic to join Leicester.

“It’s a problem for those two fantastic clubs, but when a Premier League club comes for you, certainly as big as Aston Villa, I think it’s a no brainer.”

Gerrard is set to be in the dugout when Aston Villa hosts Brighton in the Premier League after the international break.





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