By Wayne Veysey

9th Nov, 2021 | 3:00pm

Sources: Gerrard to tell Rangers board he wants Aston Villa job

Steven Gerrard is ready to tell Rangers he wants to become the new Aston Villa manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Ibrox boss, 41, is among the leading contenders to take over at Villa Park following the sacking of Dean Smith last Sunday.

A source with knowledge of Gerrard’s situation has told Football Insider that he is now planning to deliver the bombshell news to the Rangers hierarchy that he is keen to hold talks with Villa.

It is believed the Liverpool and England legend is keen to manage the Midlands giants and take over at an ambitious Premier League club.

That is the news fans of the Glasgow giants most fear given the impact made by Gerrard since he took over as manager in 2018.

This site first broke the news on 8 April that Villa had a “strong interest” in luring Gerrard from Rangers.

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Football Insider updated yesterday to reveal that Gerrard’s long-term dream of managing Liverpool is likely to remain on the backburner until Jurgen Klopp is ready to go in 2024.

That has opened the door for Villa to make their move.

The club’s hierarchy have been keeping close tabs on the Rangers boss for some time, with their all-powerful chief executive Christian Purslow keen to lure him on behalf of billionaire owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris.

Purslow has long wanted a marquee manager with the profile and prestige that he believes is fitting of the super-ambitious club.

Gerrard‘s reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the game has been established during his three-and-a-half years at Rangers.

He has transformed the team’s fortunes and lifted the first silverware of his managerial career when he steered the club to last season’s Scottish Premiership title and ended Celtic’s 10-in-a-row hopes.

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