Steven Gerrard explains his decision to quit Rangers to become new Aston Villa boss

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Steven Gerrard left Rangers on Thursday morning as he was appointed as the new boss of Aston Villa. And the former Liverpool midfielder has explained why he chose to quit the Scottish side in favour of a move to the Premier League.

“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new head coach,” Gerrard said.

“In my conversations with Nassef [Sawiris], Wes [Edens] and the rest of the board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.

“Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart.

“I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”

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