‘It’s a results driven business, you don’t get time at this level’: England legend Alan Shearer insists Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa sacking was ‘INEVITABLE’ following 3-0 loss at Craven Cottage
- Steven Gerrard has been sacked as Aston Villa manager on Thursday evening
- The 41-year-old Englishman was removed from his role after a 3-0 loss to Fulham
- Villa are lining up former PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement
- Alan Shearer insisted top-flight management is a ‘results driven’ business
- Ex-Liverpool teammate Emile Heskey admitted he wasn’t ‘surprised’ by the news
Steven Gerrard’s dismissal as Aston Villa just hours after their 3-0 Premier League hammering at the hands of Fulham was ‘inevitable’ according to Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer.
Gerrard’s luck as Villa boss finally ran out on Thursday evening, less than a year after he took over at the Midlands club having left Rangers in November 2021.
Pressure had grown on the 42-year-old to be removed as Villa head coach following a string of devastating defeats, with Thursday’s 10-man loss at Craven Cottage leaving them one place above the relegation zone.
Steven Gerrard was fired as Aston Villa manager after Thursday’s 3-0 away loss at Fulham
The former Rangers boss has been sacked from his first managerial role in England
Villa players cut dejected figures following their Premier League hammering on Thursday
Villa chiefs finally made the decision to remove the ex-Liverpool captain in the wake of their latest defeat with former Spurs and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino being lined up as Gerrard’s possible replacement.
Shearer admitted that managing in the top-flight was a ‘results driven business’ and that Gerrard will be left feeling ‘bitterly disappointed’ having been unable to achieve his goals at Villa Park.
Gerrard lasted just 11 months in the role at Villa
‘It’s a results driven business, you know that. Every manager that goes into a football club knows,’ said Shearer on Amazon Prime TV.
‘You don’t get time at this level. You have to get results and from where they were when he took over to where they are now… he’ll be bitterly disappointed that he hasn’t been able to improve them. The inevitable happens unfortunately.
‘I also don’t think it helped losing his top coach [Michael Beale]. He was obviously an integral part of what was going on at AV, for him to lose that as well on top of everything else going on…’.
Shearer – the Premier League’s record goalscorer – managed boyhood club Newcastle on an interim basis in 2009 and has since established a successful career as a pundit.
Gerrard departed his final game in charge to distasteful chants from visiting supporters calling for his removal, with Villa chiefs in attendance acting on their supporters wishes after the full-time whistle.
Ex-Liverpool teammate Emile Heskey revealed he was ‘gutted’ to see Gerrard sacked and admitted his exit came as no surprise. The 44-year-old also called on Villa’s players to ‘have a look at themselves in the mirror’.
Villa captain John McGinn (left) will now try to regroup the dressing room following Gerrard’s dismissal at the Premier League club
Alan Shearer believes the decision to fire Gerrard was ‘inevitable’ after a poor run of form
‘Bit gutted for Stevie but not surprised. It’s a results driven business. You’re five games away from being sacked as any manager. It’s tough,’ said Heskey.
‘They’d [the players] have to look themselves in the mirror and ask if they’ve done enough. Obviously Stevie made [John] McGinn captain, so he has a massive responsibility. ‘
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez gave his analysis of Gerrard’s removal on Amazon Prime TV as he admitted the upcoming Qatar World Cup made club football more difficult for managers:
‘This season is quite different. The decision makers of a football club will think about the WC. There’s going to be a month in the middle, what do you do? Do you make a change earlier?’ said Martinez.
Gerrard (centre) watched on as his last game in charge ended in a humiliating defeat
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez insisted the upcoming World Cup made things hard for club managers and executives this season
‘Probably, that makes them make the change a little earlier than in a normal season. In football, you need to be judged by the results but this season is quite unique in that respect. The WC had a big impact on that decision I think. ‘
Former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson blasted the Villa players for the role they played in Gerrard’s dismissal:
‘The minimum requirement is maximum effort. When a new manager comes in, he’ll have to get the players on side,’ he said.
‘He’ll have to have an identity. They need a structure. There’s a lot of quality there. There’s a lot of good players at that football club who are underperforming.’
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