Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard was fired less than two hours after his struggling team suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss at Fulham on Thursday.
Villa’s miserable start to the season, which has left the team hovering just one spot above the Premier League relegation zone, came at Gerrard’s expense.
Only two of Villa’s 11 league games this season have ended in victories, and the club’s hierarchy finally snapped and fired Gerrard after just 11 months in charge after their tame surrender at Craven Cottage.
Furious Villa supporters booed Gerrard and his teammates off the field at the conclusion of the game after the defeat at Fulham extended their winless streak to four games.
“Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that head coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement said.
“We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.”
When Dean Smith was fired in November of last year, Gerrard replaced him at Villa and guided them to a 14th-place finish. Gerrard joined Villa from Rangers on a three-and-a-half year deal.
It was anticipated that the former Liverpool and England star would help Villa move up the standings this season, but instead he departs with the team firmly locked in a relegation battle.
In 2021, Gerrard and Rangers won the Scottish championship, ending Celtic’s lengthy reign as champions.
But since moving to Villa Park, he has struggled to build on that impressive work, putting on some underwhelming performances that have failed to win over the club’s supporters.
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