Next Aston Villa manager: 41 y/o who 'knows the owners' tipped to replace Dean Smith

Former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looking bemused

Former Premier League defender Carlton Palmer thinks there is some truth behind speculation linking Steven Gerrard with the vacant manager's position at Aston Villa.

The Villans are looking for a new manager after opting to sack Dean Smith on Sunday.

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Villa lost their final five matches with Smith in charge, so they need to find a replacement who can get the side back on track as quickly as possible after the international break.

According to Sky Sports, Gerrard is one of the candidates on Villa's shortlist to take over from Smith.

The 41-year-old is currently at Rangers, looking to guide the Scottish club to back-to-back league titles in his fourth season at the helm at Ibrox.

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What has Palmer said about Gerrard potentially taking charge at Villa?

Palmer is aware of the rumours surrounding Gerrard, and he believes the ex-England captain could end up at Villa Park.

When asked about the speculation, Palmer told GIVEMESPORT: "Steven Gerrard has got legs, from what I’ve heard. He knows the owners, so that’s definitely got legs."

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Would Gerrard be a good appointment for Villa?

There would certainly be an element of risk in bringing in Gerrard. He has never managed in England before, and there is no guarantee that he would flourish in the job.

Some may feel that Villa ought to be looking for a more experienced coach given that they are only two points above the relegation zone.

However, there are also reasons to be optimistic about Gerrard excelling at Villa. He made over 500 Premier League appearances during his playing career, so clearly knows the league well.

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It should also be factored that he has done brilliantly at Rangers in recent years. In his first role as a manager of a senior team, he ended the club's decade-long wait for the SPL title earlier this year, and has an outstanding 65% win rate with the Gers.

He also knows what it's like to lead a side in Europe, having taken Rangers to the Europa League in their last couple of seasons, which could hold him in good stead at an ambitious club like Villa. 

Gerrard is not a complete novice at all, and if he can learn from his experiences at Rangers, he could be a fine addition to the dugout at Villa. 

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