Rangers manager Steven Gerrard ‘would take’ the Aston Villa job if it becomes available, according to BBC pundit Chris Sutton.
Villa are on the longest losing streak in the Premier League at the moment, having suffered four consecutive defeats and slipped to 15th in the table. In Europe’s top five leagues, only Bundesliga outfit Greuther Furth are on a poorer run.
That’s despite a summer outlay of £93m on new players in the wake of Jack Grealish’s departure, the fifth-highest spend in the division.
Daniel Storey, Chief Football Writer at the i newspaper, has said that Dean Smith’s job is in ‘serious jeopardy’.
There’s currently a vacancy at Newcastle United following their takeover, but The Times have reported that Gerrard won’t be taking over on Tyneside.
On the BBC Radio 5 Live Show 606 [via Twitter], a Villa supporter called for Smith to be sacked and Gerrard to be his replacement.
In response, Sutton told co-host Robbie Savage that Gerrard would be willing to make the move to the Midlands ‘if he was offered the job’.
First of all, it isn’t a foregone conclusion that Smith will be sacked and the position will be available. He can relieve the pressure if he steers Villa to wins against 14th-placed Southampton and 12th-place Crystal Palaced in the coming weeks.
Would Gerrard hypothetically be interested, though? They may not have Newcastle’s spending power, but Villa are still a club who can back their managers, as evidenced by their consistently high outlays since promotion.
Rather than fighting relegation, as Newcastle’s new manager will have to do, the Villa squad is capable of competing for a top-half finish. It may be an attractive proposition if it becomes available should the worst happen for Smith.
In other news, Alan Hutton says this speculation is a win-win for Rangers.
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