Aston Villa have named Steven Gerrard as their new Head Coach, just days after parting ways with Dean Smith after five Premier League losses in a row. Rangers won the Scottish Premiership last season in an unbeaten season under the 41-year-old former England international, who also played for Liverpool and LA Galaxy. He leaves Ibrox after nearly four years in charge.

“I am immensely proud to become the new Head Coach of Aston Villa, a club with a rich history and tradition in English football,” Gerrard said in an official statement. “It was clear from my conversations with Nassef (Sawiris), Wes (Edens), and the rest of the Board how ambitious their plans for the club are and I’m looking forward to assisting them in achieving their aims.”

“I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at Glasgow Rangers for providing me with the opportunity to lead such a historic football club. It will always hold a special place in my heart that I was able to assist them in achieving a league-record-breaking 55th title. I wish the players, staff, and supporters the best of luck in the future.”

Gerrard received high praise for his achievements in Scotland, which included denying bitter rivals Celtic an unprecedented 10th consecutive title and reaching the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League on multiple occasions, which was significant given Scottish soccer’s stagnation on the continent prior to his arrival.

Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow said, “The Board of Aston Villa is delighted to appoint Steven as our new Head Coach.” “Steven began managing and developing top young players in the Liverpool FC Academy after his illustrious playing career, which is experience we value highly at Aston Villa.”