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Aston Villa: Jamie Carragher backs Steven Gerrard for managerial job

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Jamie Carragher has backed former teammate Steven Gerrard for the newly vacated Aston Villa managerial job when speaking on Sky Sports.

Following the Villans’ defeat away to Southampton on Friday night, which was their fifth in a row, the Villa board decided to part ways with Dean Smith after three years in charge, which included one promotion from the Championship.

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Smith’s sacking was announced on Sunday when Sky Sports were preparing their coverage of Arsenal v Watford, and one of the early names to be linked with the job is Gerrard’s, who has been endorsed for the role by his former Liverpool teammate.

The Sky Sports pundit has backed Gerrard for the Villa job, claiming it would be a ‘great move’.

Carragher said: “I think Aston Villa as a club would be a great move for Steven Gerrard, but the situation he finds himself in right now is he took the title off Celtic last season and he’s in a great position to win it again.

“I think in a perfect world, you want to stay at Rangers until the end of the season and come away from there with two titles.

“I mean, this is not something coming from Steven Gerrard, but I look at being in a job for four years in the SPL, and I think sooner or later, there is going to be a great chance Steven Gerrard’s going to come to the Premier League.”

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It will have been an uneasy last couple of weeks for Gerrard, the Rangers board and their fans, as their manager has been linked with the Newcastle United job and he is now one of the names being tipped to replace Smith.

The Villa job could prove to be a more attractive one than Newcastle, though, given the points total the Villans have compared to the Magpies.

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As Carragher highlighted, though, Gerrard currently has Rangers top of the SPFL, ahead of Celtic, looking to regain their league crown – while the Gers still have a chance of getting out of their Europa League group. So he would be leaving a lot behind to take the plunge into the Premier League and potentially ruin his early reputation as a manager and relationship with the Rangers fans.

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