Aston Villa could appoint Gerrard as manager by the end of the week

Aston Villa could appoint Steven Gerrard as their new manager by the end of the week – with Gary McAllister and the rest of the Rangers coaching staff also set for the Midlands

  • Steven Gerrard is edging ever closer to taking over Aston Villa as manager 
  • The Rangers boss is set to take his coaching staff from Ibrox to Villa Park 
  • Villa sacked Dean Smith on Sunday after five straight Premier League defeats 

Aston Villa are edging closer to naming Steven Gerrard as their new manager with an appointment possible by the end of this week.

Gerrard has been the No1 target for owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens and chief executive Christian Purslow ever since Dean Smith was sacked last Sunday.

Rangers would be owed about £2.5million in compensation for Gerrard, with negotiations over salary and length of contract expected to proceed smoothly once he and Villa were granted to communicate directly.

Steven Gerrard is on the brink of leaving Rangers and taking over as Aston Villa manager

Gerrard is set to bring assistants Gary McAllister (left) and Michael Beale (right) to Villa Park

Villa players are expecting a new manager to take training next week ahead of their Premier League meeting with Brighton on November 20. 

It is anticipated Gerrard’s key allies at Ibrox – assistants Tommy Culshaw and Gary McAllister, first-team coach Michael Beale, who was last month the subject of interest from Cardiff, and head of performance Jordan Milsom would follow him.

Roberto Martinez was an alternative to Gerrard on Villa’s shortlist but Sportsmail understands the Spaniard has expressed reservations about the role, as he prepares to lead Belgium to next year’s World Cup. 

Another target, Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand, also made clear this week his intention to continue in his current role.

Though the majority of Villa’s players were sad to see Smith depart after five successive defeats, senior figures in the squad are thought to be excited at the prospect of working with Gerrard, who led Rangers to their 55th Scottish Premiership title last season, ending Celtic’s hopes of claiming 10 in a row.

Villa are 16th in the Premier League table, having lost their last five matches in a row

The potential move would see Gerrard back in the Premier League for the first time since his days as Liverpool captain

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