By Frank McAvennie

26th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Gerrard is repeating early Rangers decisions at Aston Villa after newspaper update - pundit

Frank McAvennie has backed Steven Gerrard’s decision to remove certain items from the Aston Villa training ground canteen.

The former Villains hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the new Villa boss is repeating decisions from his early days at Rangers.

As reported by the Telegraph (22 November), Gerrard has removed sauces, pudding, fizzy drinks and hot chocolate from the training ground canteen.

McAvennie can’t believe those items were available in the first place and can’t understand why anyone would complain over the manager’s decision.

“He did something similar at Rangers,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He changed the whole club. I think he reorganised the dressing room and added various rooms.

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“Gerrard will design Villa in his own image, what he says goes.

“And the club have to let him do that if he is to succeed there. He won’t suffer fools.

“This is 21st-century football. This is the age of sports science and nutrition.

“Gerrard will have a million people telling him what to do with the training ground canteen and stuff.

“They just have to trust Gerrard. Whatever gets said, he’s the manager and you have to trust him no matter what.”

Gerrard won his first game in charge of Villa as a late show gave his side a 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

He takes his side to Crystal Palace this Saturday as he looks to drag the club away from the relegation zone.

In other news, Steven Gerrard is said to have struck “clever” transfer January agreement with Rangers board after Aston Villa move.