Steven Gerrard knew the ‘brutal’ truth that he ‘should carry the can’ before being sacked from Aston Villa, says longtime Liverpool friend Jamie Carragher… and admits he’s not sure when he will return to the dugout
- Steven Gerrard’s boyfriend Jamie Carragher has discussed his dismissal from Aston Villa
- Carragher says Gerrard knew the ‘brutal’ nature of the work as the pressure mounted
- He revealed that his old Liverpool team-mate was aware he had to ‘carry the can’
- But he said he wasn’t sure when the ex-midfielder would return to management
Steven Gerrard always knew he had to face the brutal aspect of being a manager when he took the job at Aston Villa, according to former team-mate Jamie Carragher.
Villa sacked Gerrard in the wake of a 3-0 Premier League defeat to Fulham on Thursday night, and confirmed on Friday morning that his backroom staff had also left the club.
After leading Villa to 14th place last season, former Rangers boss Gerrard paid the price for a run of just two Premier League wins from 11 games this season.
Steven Gerrard knew he should ‘carry the can’ at Aston Villa, claims Jamie Carragher
The Liverpool legend said his close friend was aware of the ‘cruel’ nature of the job before he was fired on Thursday night
It remains to be seen who will be next in the Villa hotseat, with former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel both likely to be among the contenders.
For ex-Liverpool and England midfielder Gerrard, however, it was a hard lesson in how difficult the transition to a coaching career can be, regardless of your credentials as a player.
“You can always look at the players, but every manager knows that when they get a job, if the players aren’t performing at their best, it’s the manager who’s going to carry the can,” former Reds defender Carragher told Sky Sports. News.
“Stevie knows that all too well. I’m sure he will be disappointed with certain performances, both by individuals and by the team.
“But when you go into management, you know the price on the ticket – and if the results aren’t good or if the players let you down or don’t perform, it’s the manager who carries the can.
Carragher said he was “not crazy” Gerrard and knew he was under pressure to take wins
“It always is and that’s the brutal part of football management.”
Gerrard had replaced Dean Smith, who was fired in November 2021, and will now regroup as he ponders his next step on the managerial merry-go-round.
“I really don’t know if Stevie would go back or wait 12 months. I spoke to him a few days ago about the upcoming matches and he is not crazy, he knows the situation,” said Carragher.
“It’s going to be very interesting. That’s not what I’ve talked to him about, whether he wants to be a manager for the next 20 years or whether he’ll pick certain jobs that appeal to him.
“I think he did that with the jobs he chose. I really don’t know if Stevie would drop to the championship.’
Carragher – who played with Gerrard at Liverpool for 15 years – admitted he is not sure when he will return to management
Villa posted a brief statement also confirming the departures of Gary McAllister, Neil Critchley, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom and Scott Mason.
First team coach Aaron Danks will take charge of the team for Sunday’s game against Brentford at Villa Park.
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said: “The board has come to this decision after a full review of results and performance over the calendar year.
“When we hired Steven, it was clear to us that we had set ourselves the goal of continuous improvement, but we were unable to do so despite everyone’s efforts and we believe the time is right to make these changes.
“The process of appointing a new head coach is in full swing and we will update supporters as soon as possible.”