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Steven Gerrard emerges as favourite to take over Aston Villa

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The Villa are reportedly considering Gerrard as a potential replacement for the sacked Dean Smith.

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Aston Villa sacked Dean Smith on Sunday, parting ways with the English manager after five consecutive defeats.

According to The Telegraph, the club are considering two choices for their next manager: Rangers’ Steven Gerrard and Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Gerrard is spending a successful spell at the Scottish Premiership club. Last season, the Liverpool legend won the Gers’ first league title in ten years while breaking several club records in the process.

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This is not the first time Gerrard has been linked with a return to the Premier League. The 41-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle last month. However, he made it clear that he had no desire to leave Ibrox.

“Do I look happy? Do I look settled? Don’t ask me silly questions then.”

Gerrard is contracted until 2024 at the Ibrox Stadium, with the Scottish club being determined to keep their coach. It remains to be seen whether Aston Villa’s offer can lure Gerrard back to the Premier League.

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“I can’t control any media speculation about my position. I don’t welcome it, I don’t add to it.” the former Liverpool captain said in the summer.

“All I do is focus on the job I have here and I’m very flattered and grateful for the position.

“I’m very happy here, I’ve said it on numerous occasions, it’s a huge club, I’m settled, I’m happy and I can continue to develop and keep trying to push this team forward.”

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Aston Villa lost 1-0 against Southampton in Smith’s last game in charge. The Premier League side will continue their league campaign with a match against Brighton after the international break.