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Aston Villa are set to formally approach Rangers for manager Steven Gerrard but want to make two more deals with the Scottish champions. Dean Smith was sacked on Sunday following five successive Premier League defeats and will likely be replaced during the current international break.
The Telegraph report Gerrard is interested in the position and wants to speak with Villa if Rangers permit him.
He’s the club’s first-choice successor as a big-name candidate, edging Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Villa owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are willing to pay Rangers compensation, thought to be over £2million to lure him away from Ibrox.
And they are also looking to take two more members of staff from the Scottish giants.
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The report claims Villa will also likely push to recruit Gerrard’s assistants Gary McAllister and Michael Beale.
They have been crucial to Gerrard’s success in Scotland and the former has previously worked at Villa during Gerard Houllier’s tenure as boss.
The ex-England and Liverpool captain wasn’t planning on leaving Rangers midway through the season.
However, the opportunity to manage a big Premier League club could prove too enticing to turn down.
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Villa are targeting Gerrard with the desire for a strong character who will make the club an intense and competitive environment.
Chief executive Christian Purslow has told players who haven’t left for international duty that the club will appoint a new manager by Monday.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is viewed as a realistic alternative should the move for Gerrard fail to materialise.
The 48-year-old is preparing his side for next year’s World Cup in Qatar but could be tempted by a Premier League return.
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Still, it seems like Gerrard is undoubtedly interested in succeeding Smith at Villa Park, but he’s kept his stance away from the public eye.
Last month, Gerrard responded to suggestions he could switch Rangers for the Premier League soon amid Newcastle United’s manager search.
He told reporters: “Do I look happy? Do I look settled? Don’t ask me silly questions, then.
“If I stay at Rangers for another two, three or four years, I am okay – it means I am doing something right and happy.
“I am in no rush to try and jump, I am not looking over the fence at anything. I am proper content.”
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