Gerrard has commented on his time in charge of Aston Villa

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Steven Gerrard reflecting on his time at Aston Villa
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Steven Gerrard was sacked from Aston Villa at the start of the 2021/2022 season after a stuttering start after winning just two out of 12 games, leaving the club bottom of the Premier League standings.

The current Al Ittifaq coach said he respects the opinion that his time with the Villans was a failure but that he has been judged unfairly.

“I respect that opinion. I don’t think it’s unfair,” Gerrard told The Telegraph.

“I don’t think it’s too harsh because when you suffer a set-back and a knock you have got to look yourself in the mirror. You’ve got to have a look at where you have gone wrong and try and improve.

“So, of course I want to bounce back from that. But I didn’t want to jump into something that didn’t feel right and take an unnecessary risk when I am a young coach. I’ve had success up to a certain point. I actually felt my own performance at Villa was really good. I actually felt I went to the next level in terms of what I had learnt from Rangers. I felt like I had grown.

“But we had a bad run of results. I have to own that and take full responsibility for that. I have to learn from my mistakes. Maybe do things slightly differently and grow and evolve. That’s the only way you can move on from a set-back or a knock.

“I think when top footballers are not performing at their level I am not going to pull any punches. We had players who weren’t giving what I felt they should have been giving at the time and that’s my responsibility.

“Villa is a fantastic club. It was an incredible opportunity at the time and I have nothing bad to say. The owners gave me a fantastic chance.

“The initial period, our form was top eight in the Premier League and obviously the opinion of me now from a lot of people will be that I failed, if you like, but I know there was a period there where we got an awful lot of things right. We had the team doing okay.”

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