Steven Gerrard is the new manager of Aston Villa.
The Liverpool legend has left his position at Scottish giants Rangers to take charge at Villa Park following the departure of Dean Smith over the weekend.
After guiding Villa to promotion during his first season at the helm in 2019, Smith kept his side in the Premier League on the final day of the following season before building on that with an 11th-placed finish last time out.
But their start to this campaign – which sees them 16th with just three wins from 11 games – forced the owners to turn to Rangers’ Gerrard.
Gerrard took his first steps into senior management by joining the Gers in May 2018 and, last season, finally ended Celtic’s Scottish dominance by securing their first Premiership title in 10 years.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham fans have all taken to social media following the announcement. Here’s the best of what was said.
@FcKlaidas delivered his one-word verdict to the news: ‘Downgrade.’
@rikafc reckons: ‘Kick in the teeth will never be forgiven by rangers fans… Literally a few weeks after the passing of a real club legend Walter Smith. Very sure Gerrard will get Liverpool job… Klopp could extend and Gerrard could very well faill at villa… Very good chance that could happen.’
@Fabinthin04 put: ‘Gerrard at Villa. Viera at palace. Arteta at arsenal. Lampard, carrick, scholes all sat at home. There is levels to this game.
@Mayank_CFC stated on the Lampard vs Gerrard debate: ‘Better stats, more trophies. Gerrard is always behind Lampard.
@MattCFC93 has great expectations now: ‘Gerrard’s finally taking a major job, can take him serious as a manager now he’s in a decent league.’
@topman_kareem doesn’t understand the hype train for this appointment: ‘They gassing up Gerrard uno.’
@AaronSoutheyCFC joked: ‘Gerrard is going to bottle this Villa move just like he bottled his move to Chelsea.’
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@adiepf78 gave his verdict: ‘Gerrard will be a brilliant appointment for Aston Villa.’
@thfc_soph wrote: ‘idk what it is but Steven Gerrard to Villa just seems right??’
@thfc_joshh put: ‘Gerrard will be a good appointment for Villa.’
_OwenTHFC was positive on this appointment from a Tottenham’s fan point of view: ‘Steven Gerrard would be a success at Aston Villa, I don’t care. “Scottish League”. What else can he do? He literally won it undefeated. He’s proven in previous seasons he can do well in Europe too.’