Jamie Carragher claims it was the right decision to sack Steven Gerrard as Aston Villa manager, but felt sympathy for him after his dismissal last week.
Jamie Carragher was speaking after his former Liverpool teammate became the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked this season after Aston Villa’s 4-0 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The former Liverpool midfielder arrived at Villa Park last season full of optimism after winning the Scottish Premier League as Rangers manager the previous season.
While Aston Villa had showed some promising signs in his early days in charge, with the signing of his former teammate Philippe Coutinho, the club never reached their true potential under Gerrard.
With Aston Villa having only won two games in the Premier League this season at the time of his sacking, the board were left with no choice but to relieve Gerrard of his duties.
Steven Gerrard is at the early years of his managerial career, and will likely be a coach in the Premier League again. However, this may be a job that came too soon in his career for him.
He showed in his playing days he can come back from setbacks, and this will be another challenge he will face head on.
While having a degree of sympathy for his former teammate, particularly when he heard some of the chants form the fans, Jamie Carragher agreed with Aston Villa’s decision to sack Gerrard as manager.
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“I think it was the right decision, mainly on the back of second half against Fulham. The reaction of the crowd, there’s no way Stevie could’ve gone into that game on Sunday on the back of the chants and discontent from supporters.
I’m not saying this because he’s a friend, and I think supporters who pay the money and go away midweek, one hundred per cent are allowed to voice their concern, it hasn’t been going well, they feel it’s a little bit dull, not been exciting enough.
I just felt some of the chants at the end, maybe because he’s my mate, I thought crossed the line a little bit.
I spoke to Stevie on Monday, before these two games. He felt he’d have the Fulham game and the Brentford game, but I think after the Fulham game it became unattainable.”
Aston Villa announced this evening that former Arsenal manager Unai Emery will take over as manager, three years since he was last in the Premier League.