Like what you see, Stevie? Gerrard takes charge of FIRST Villa session

Like what you see, Stevie? Gerrard takes charge of his first training session as Aston Villa boss – as he prepares for his Premier League managerial bow against Brighton

  • Steven Gerrard held his first training session as Aston Villa’s manager on Monday
  • The 41-year-old was appointed as the club’s new manager on Thursday morning 
  • Gerrard’s first game in charge will be at home to Brighton on Saturday afternoon 

The Steven Gerrard era at Aston Villa has begun after their newly-appointed manager held his first training session on Monday.

The 41-year-old seemed at ease in his new surroundings as he appeared in a relaxed manner before quickly imposing his philosophy on the Premier League outfit.

With some of his first-team stars away on international duty, Gerrard got to look at the quality of others at their Bodymoor Heath training base such as Ollie Watkins, Ashley Young and on loan Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe.

Steven Gerrard (right) was happy as he took charge of his first Aston Villa training session

The newly-appointed boss oversaw Villa’s session on Monday at their Bodymoor Heath training

Gerrard spoke with on loan defender Axel Tuanzebe as he got learn his squad at training 

The 41-year-old’s trusty lieutenant Gary McAllister was also present as his assistant manager

Accompanying Gerrard during the session was his assistant manager Gary McAllister.

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Gerrard who as of last week was in charge of Rangers.

The Liverpool legend left the Scottish giants on Thursday to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal with Villa.

The former England midfielder replaces Dean Smith who was sacked as Villa boss on November 7 after suffering five-straight defeats. His first game in charge will be at home to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ollie Watkins (left) will be hoping to making an instant impression on his new boss at training

Gerrard was quick to bark out the instructions on his side as he imposed his philosophy at Villa

Speaking in his first interview as Villa boss, Gerrard insists that he will have no divided loyalties when he takes his new  team to face former club Liverpool next month. 

The testing clash will be his fifth at the helm at Villa Park, and Gerrard has been quick to reveal to supporters and his players that his focus is firmly on achieving success at the expense of his old team.

Questioned on the build-up to his return by VillaTV, Gerrard, 41, said: ‘I don’t think me or anyone else will be able to control the noise. For me, that’s not important. 

‘What is important is the chance to go to Anfield and win, to take maximum points, which is the attitude and mentality we have going into every game. It is what it is.

‘I want to win every game. My priority and focus, and everything I will give on a daily basis, will be for Aston Villa. One thing I can guarantee the supporters, the players and the staff here is that when I commit to something, I’m all in.’ 

Gerrard says he will have no divided loyalties when his Aston Villa side face Liverpool

Gerrard is a club legend at Anfield, but has insisted his focus is on taking all three points there

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