Aston Villa to face Leeds in the Queensland Champions Cup

Steven Gerrard is enjoying a managerial ride with Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

English football legend Steven Gerrard has never settled for mediocrity and his role as Aston Villa manager will not change.

The great Liverpool are set to start their first full season as Villa boss after taking over an underperforming club last November after a successful stint as Rangers manager, where he briefly came face to face with the former Socceroos manager and current Celtic “. mentor Ange Postekoglu.

With Villa in poor form in the English Premier League when he replaced sacked manager Dean Smith, Gerrard was able to take the club to safety and finish 14th in the rankings.

But that’s not enough for Gerrard, who has won the UEFA Champions League as a player and the Scottish Premier League as a manager among many other accomplishments.

And while winning a trophy with Villa seems a long way off, Gerrard is desperate to at least secure his club a top 10 finish in the 2022-23 Premier League season and develop further.

To prepare for the upcoming campaign, Gerrard and his Villa team are in Australia for the Queensland Cup against Leeds United at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday and Brisbane Roar in Townsville on Wednesday night.

From there, Villa will travel to Perth to face Manchester United in Perth next Saturday evening before returning home to continue their preparations for the season opener against Bournemouth on 7 August.

“We are happy to be here,” Gerrard said. News Corporation Australia from the training base of the Gold Coast Club.

“The facilities, the climate…everything is perfect for us to work, get stronger and better.

“We have a really important couple of weeks ahead of us, with three exciting challenges from a game standpoint, but most importantly, we will be on the training ground doing the work and being able to rehearse how we want the season to look. .

“Last season we finished 14th in the table, but we believe that Aston Villa should work at the top of the table.

“It’s a challenge because the Premier League is the best league in the world and it’s the toughest league in the world, but we need to work hard across the board to get better and take Aston Villa to the next level.”

MOVING FROM REGER TO VILLA

As much as the 42-year-old Gerrard enjoyed his three and a half seasons in charge in Scotland, he wasn’t about to turn down the chance to become a Premier League manager.

“I really enjoyed my time at the Rangers. We achieved what we were aiming for, which was to win the 55th title and stop (Celtic win) 10 times in a row, but I always wanted to return to the Premier League,” he said.

“When you have the opportunity to be at a huge club like Aston Villa and you have the chance to face the best coaches in the world and the best teams in the world, it’s very hard to say no.

“That’s why I took the opportunity and I want to make the most of it.

I’m still very new (as a manager). I try to learn as much as possible, I try to develop and grow.

“There are still many areas where I can improve, but for now I’m enjoying the ride.”

RESPECT FOR POSTECOGL

It’s a managerial journey that included a brief battle with Postecoglu, who took over at Celtic last June.

Although the pair briefly coached rivals, Gerrard is a big fan of Postecoglou, who led the Hoops to Premier League and League Cup success in his first season in Scottish football.

“Ange did fantastically well. He came with his own style. It took him a little time to realize it, but once the players got used to it, they won the league title and the League Cup, so it was a very successful season for him,” said Gerrard.

“He is someone who is highly respected and admired, and he did very well, so he has to be given credit.

“Obviously he has a lot of experience. He has achieved great success throughout his career and comes across as a very humble guy.

“Obviously I’m a Rangers through and through. I want the Rangers to do well. I’m sure he appreciates it, but from coach to coach, I have a lot of respect for him.”

Originally published as Steven Gerrard is determined to take Aston Villa up the ladder of the English Premier League.