Steven Gerrard vowed to “never quit” in his final interview as Aston Villa before being sacked after Thursday night’s defeat at Fulham.
Villa were defeated 3-0 at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Harrison Reed, Aleksandar Mitrovic and an own goal from Tyrone Mings, in a game where everything that could go wrong went wrong for the visitors.
After going a goal down at the break, Douglas Luiz was sent off for a headbutt on Mitrovic before Matty Cash conceded a penalty for Fulham’s second goal, with Ming’s own goal being the unfortunate icing on the cake.
Throughout the second half, the visiting fans didn’t hide their anger at Gerrard and chanted: “We want Gerrard out” and “Steven Gerrard out of our club”.
Gerrard hasn’t been able to shake the poor form Villa suffered at the end of last season, with the Villans scoring just nine points from their first 11 games this season.
They are currently 17th in the table and are only out of the relegation zone because they have scored more goals than local rivals Wolves.
The Liverpool legend has long been the favorite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked and in his post-match interview he initially appeared as a dejected man.
“If you look at how we performed over the weekend [against Chelsea] and the team I picked tonight I really wanted us to build up over the weekend [but we] have the opposite,” he told Amazon.
“The performance was nowhere near good enough, the first half shocked me considering what I saw over the weekend.
“We were second best for most of the first half. We were lucky that we were still in the game at half-time because of our keeper [Emiliano Martinez] who made some outstanding saves.
“I got among the players at half-time looking for that reaction and then when you go down to 10 men it’s an even bigger mountain to climb. I certainly won’t disrespect any of my players, but we just didn’t show up tonight.
Asked about the reaction of Villa fans, Gerrard said he understood their frustration but vowed never to give up, although he conceded his time at Villa Park could be over very soon – and it turns out he’s in the was gone in the next hour.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
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