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Steven Gerrard “monstered” close Liverpool teammate as managerial credentials shown


Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was appointed Aston Villa’s new manager on Thursday after three-and-a-half years at Scottish Premiership champions Rangers

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Steven Gerrard appointed Aston Villa manager

New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard wasn’t afraid to have a go at anyone in the Liverpool dressing room during his playing days, according to Danny Murphy.

The ex- Fulham captain was close friends and room-mates with Gerrard during their time together at Anfield – but was still on the receiving end of one or two tirades.

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Remembering a game against Leeds in his Daily Mail column, Murphy claimed: “I miscontrolled one of Stevie’s passes and then pinned the fault on him.

“To my amazement, he monstered me there and then. ‘Don’t you blame me – sort your own f***ing game out. It’s not good enough.’

“He was absolutely right, so there were no long-term hard feelings on my part. What that moment taught me was that my mate was no longer a kid with bags of talent but emerging as a proper leader and winner.”

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Steven Gerrard is the new Aston Villa manager


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Gerrard was appointed Aston Villa manager on Thursday after inspiring Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade and reaching the last 16 of the Europa League last term.

And Murphy believes the former Liverpool and England captain will be fair – but ruthless – at Villa Park as he aims to guide the Premier League strugglers to safety.

He added: “Stevie has never been one for chit-chat for the sake of it. He chooses when to speak or make an intervention but when he does, everyone listens.

“He will give the Villa players a fair chance but if he feels anyone isn’t getting on board and it’ll hurt the club, he will be ruthless. They won’t have a first-team future.”

Murphy also reckons Gerrard has taken a huge risk by moving to Birmingham. Rangers are currently four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, while Villa are 16th in the Premier League.

He continued: “The easiest decision would have been to stay at Ibrox, win plenty of trophies and gain Champions League experience, which would make him a leading candidate if the Liverpool job became vacant.

“Villa is a far harder challenge because of the competition in the Premier League. So many clubs have world-class managers, super-wealthy owners, or both.

“By taking on the challenge, by taking a risk, Stevie has reminded me of what a confident and driven person he is.”

Gerrard’s first game in charge of Villa will be at home to Brighton on Saturday, November 20. And the new manager could be under pressure if he doesn’t win his first game.

After the Brighton fixture, Villa face Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Leicester and Gerrard’s old club Liverpool.

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If Gerrard was to win two or three of his first five Premier League games, however, it would be a great start and a huge statement of intent heading into Christmas.

And Jamie Carragher, another one of Gerrard’s old Liverpool team-mates, has backed him to be a success in Birmingham.

He recently wrote: “Only a fool would back against Gerrard eventually being seen as likewise as he takes the next major step in his management career.”

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