Aston Villa have confirmed Steven Gerrard has been sacked as manager with immediate effect.
The Premier League side announced their decision to part ways with the former England international just an hour after their 3-0 defeat by Fulham.
A brief statement from the club said: “Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that head coach Steven Gerrard has left the club with immediate effect.
“We thank Steven for his hard work and dedication and wish him all the best for the future,” said a club spokesman.
Thursday’s defeat at Craven Cottage leaves Villa 17th in the Premier League – three points from the end after winning just two of their 11 games this season and losing seven.
Gerrard left Scottish giants Rangers for Villa in November 2021, where he succeeded Dean Smith at the Midlands club.
The former Liverpool captain received strong backing from the board over the summer, bringing former Anfield team-mate Philippe Coutinho to the club on a permanent deal and signing Diego Carlos, Boubacar Kamara and Leander Dendoncker.
But a poor record of 13 wins from 40 games in his 11 months in charge has meant his first Premier League job ended in disappointment.
Villa fans chanted ‘We want Gerrard out’ as their side suffered a dismal defeat at the hands of newly promoted Fulham. Just minutes before his sacking, Gerrard vowed to keep fighting in a four-minute post-game press conference.
“It’s been a tough night for me personally, but I’m a man, I accept it, I understand it, I share their frustrations and their pain and I’m someone to be honest with,” Gerrard said.
“I know they’re certainly not enjoying it at the moment. I’m certainly not. You know, and I know, that I’m in a very different position right now.
“I’m a fighter, I’ll never give up anything when it comes to football or anything in life, so we’ll see what happens in the future.”
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly set to succeed Gerrard.
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