‘It is regrettable it didn’t work out’: Out-of-work Steven Gerrard breaks his silence on Instagram after being sacked by Aston Villa… as he says he owes the fans ‘a debt of gratitude for the way you welcomed me’
- Steven Gerrard has spoken out for the first-time since being fired by Aston Villa
- The Liverpool legend was sacked following Thursday’s 3-0 loss away to Fulham
- Gerrard thanked Villa supporters in a lengthy post shared on his Instagram page
- The Englishman labelled his departure from the Midlands club as ‘regrettable’
Sacked Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has broken his silence on the Premier League club’s decision to remove him from his role following Thursday’s 3-0 loss away to Fulham.
The Liverpool legend oversaw a torrid start to the season with Villa looming just one spot above the league’s relegation zone having lost six of their opening 11 games.
Friday’s Craven Cottage humiliation was the last chance for Gerrard to prove he was the best man for job, and was given his marching orders by club executives just hours later as the team travelled home from London.
Steven Gerrard has finally spoken out following his sacking as Aston Villa head coach
The Liverpool legend was sacked in the hours following Villa’s 3-0 loss to Fulham on Thursday
Gerrard’s second managerial position since retiring as one of the English top-flight’s greatest ever midfielders ends prematurely, just 11 months into a three-and-a-half year deal.
The 42-year-old Englishman took to his Instagram on Friday evening to thank the club’s supporters, players, staff and board of directors.
Gerrard additionally proceeded to admit it ‘is regrettable that it didn’t work out’.
‘I would like to thank everyone connected to Aston Villa Football Club, for the support shown to me during my time there. I would personally like to thank the board of directors, the players and all the staff for their hard work.
A post shared by Steven Gerrard (@stevengerrard)
Villa chiefs decided to fire Gerrard just 11 months into a three-and-a-half year contract
‘To the fans, it is regrettable that it didn’t work out in the end, but I owe you a debt of gratitude for the way you welcomed me into your club, and continued to push the team on during difficult times.
‘Aston Villa is a club with a special history, I really wanted to bring back those memorable achievements, unfortunately it wasn’t to be. I wish everyone at the club all the very best for the future. SG.’
The ex-England captain won the league title managing Rangers in Scotland but couldn’t replace his title-winning vein of form with Villa and is now expected to take time away from the sport while he decides on his next career move.
Villa players looked embarrassed in the aftermath of their midweek defeat at Craven Cottage
The Midlands club are determined to bring in an elite manager capable of taking the seven-time FA Cup winners into the Premier League’s European football places. They are currently nine points behind sixth-placed Newcastle.
Former PSG and Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been mooted as an ideal replacement in the dugout having left the French side in the summer. Ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is also one of the favourites in running for the vacant position.
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