Steven Gerrard is the new Aston Villa boss

Steven Gerrard has been named Aston Villa head coach, agreeing to a three-and-a-half year deal. The England and Liverpool legend succeeded Dean Smith who was sacked after a run of five consecutive defeats.

Gerrard led Rangers to the Scottish title last season, ending Celtic’s nine years of dominance and finishing the league campaign undefeated.

The 41-year-old spent time as a youth coach in Liverpool’s academy before his three-and-a-half years at Rangers.

Gerrard, who won 114 caps for England, is set for an emotional return to Anfield next month, with Liverpool hosting Villa on December 11.

His first match in charge will be at home to Brighton on Saturday week, hoping to get Villa away from the relegation zone.

Gerrard said: “Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new head coach.

“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.”