Michael Owen makes Steven Gerrard plea after he is confirmed as Aston Villa manager

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Ex-Liverpool star Michael Owen has expressed his delight after Aston Villa confirmed the appointment of Steven Gerrard. On Thursday, Gerrard was announced as the new Villa head coach, leaving Rangers after just over three seasons.

Villa sacked Dean Smith earlier this month amid a torrid run of five successive Premier League defeats.

Gerrard arrives at the club having led Rangers to their 55th Scottish title last season, rocketing his reputation as a coach.

He has an arduous task with a squad that still seems to be mending after Jack Grealish’s record summer departure.

And Owen has urged people to give Gerrard time to restore the good mood at Villa Park in a time where managers are under scrutiny left, right and centre.

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He quickly reacted to his former teammate’s appointment on social media and hopes he is given a fair chance to impress as a Premier League boss.

He tweeted: “Delighted to see Steven Gerrard appointed as Head Coach [at Aston Villa].

“He did a great job turning Rangers around, and I wish him the best of luck at Villa.

“I just hope everyone gives him time to make his mark and add to the club’s great history.”

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Since the confirmation, Gerrard has broken his silence, taking to Instagram to send a message to Rangers supporters.

“I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone associated with Glasgow Rangers, especially the fans, for the love and support you’ve all shown me during my time in Scotland,” Gerrard wrote.

“Winning ’55’ will always hold a special place in my heart – each and every one of you played a part in that, and, believe me, there will be many more to come.

“I hope in time you can understand and accept my decision to move on, but I honestly fell in love with the club and will always follow the team. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger.”

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Villa are among this season’s Premier League strugglers, despite coming off the back of a summer of spending to soothe Grealish’s absence.

Gerrard’s side are 16th on 10 points, just two above the bottom three, after seven defeats in their opening 11 games.

Relegation to the Championship would be a catastrophe, but it’s an improbable prospect given the lowly standard of their fellow strugglers.

If Gerrard can boost his new club back into the top-half conversation, he will have enjoyed a brilliant debut season at Villa Park.

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