Villa confirmed in a 42-word statement that Steven Gerrard had left the club with immediate effect.
Aston Villa has officially sacked Steven Gerrard just 11 games into the Premier League season and a little over an hour after the club’s defeat to Fulham.
Villa have endured a tough start to the season and the result left the side 17th in the table following a run of one win in nine Premier League games.
Villa suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage. The travelling supporters turned on Gerrard, chanting “You’re getting sacked in the morning” and “You’ll never work again” to the former Liverpool captain.
And shortly after Villa’s defeat, the club confirmed in a 42-word statement that Gerrard had left the club with immediate effect. A spokesperson added: “We would like to thank Steven for his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.”
Gerrard had been defiant following the meek collapse at Fulham. The former England international vowed that he would not quit his position despite Villa’s desperate form and the anger of the away supporters.
“We’ll see what happens, I’m a fighter,” Gerrard said. “I will never, ever quit anything. Quitting is not in my DNA. But the reality is that it’s not good enough for this club.”
Gerrard added: “Tonight was a tough night for me personally. We will see what happens but I understand the situation we are in.”
Upon Gerrard’s appointment at Villa, the Liverpool legend was made to deny that he saw the job as a potential stepping stone to succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, insisting he was focused on improving the club’s position in the table.
Ahead of the World Cup break, the club will hope to pick up points from league matches against Brentford, Newcastle, Manchester United and Brighton. They will also face Man United at Old Trafford in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Villa can ask former Tottenham Hotspur and PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino to take the role.