Gerrard to implement his 'unit coaches' system from Rangers at Villa

Steven Gerrard set to implement his ‘unit coaches’ system from Rangers in Aston Villa overhaul as coaches Gary McAllister, Tom Culshaw and Michael Beale prepare to be allocated players

  • Steven Gerrard has already set out his battle plan for sorting out Aston Villa 
  • He takes over as manager with the club just two points above the relegation zone
  • Gerrard faces Graham Potter’s Brighton in his opening match in charge 
  • He will implement his ‘unit coaches’ system which worked so well at Rangers 

Steven Gerrard plans to boost Aston Villa’s performances by deploying the ‘unit coaches’ he used to great effect while manager of Rangers.

Ahead of his first match as Villa boss, against Brighton at Villa Park on Saturday, Gerrard has promised to implement new training methods and style of play as he tries to build on the work done by Dean Smith, who took over with Villa a mid-table Championship club and established them in the Premier League during his three years at the helm.

Yet Gerrard must stop a run of five straight defeats that cost Smith has job and left Villa only two points above the relegation zone.

Steven Gerrard plans to boost Aston Villa’s performances by deploying the ‘unit coaches’, one of them being his trusty sidekick and former team-mate Gary McAllister (right)

One of his first moves will be to assign individual coaches to different roles. At Rangers, Tom Culshaw took charge of the defenders, Gary McAllister the midfielders and Michael Beale the forwards, with Gerrard overseeing everything.

The ‘unit coaches’ are responsible not only for guiding their groups of players in training, but also their preparation for sessions and matches, and ensuring they understand what is required to improve.

Gerrard brought McAllister and Michael Beale (right) in with him from his spell at Rangers

Speaking about the value of ‘unit coaches’ in an interview earlier this year, Beale said: ‘It’s about having each coach looking at five or six different players. 

‘They can have individual conversations with them before and after sessions, and during sessions. If you can manage the person, you can develop the player and that improves the team.’

Gerrard took charge of Rangers in 2018 and led them to their 55th Scottish title last season, ending Celtic’s hopes of claiming 10 in a row, before signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Villa last week.

The Liverpool legend has overseen training this week ahead of Villa taking on Brighton

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