Whelan issues Steven Gerrard sack verdict as 'awful' Aston Villa details emerge
Noel Whelan has conceded Steven Gerrard’s first nine months at Aston Villa “haven’t been great” as he claims every Premier League boss is in a “precarious position”.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the former Rangers boss needs four games this season to determine whether he has turned around last season’s “awful” record.
Gerrard’s Aston Villa side slumped to a 2-0 opening-day defeat away at Bournemouth on Saturday (7 August), meaning the Midlands giants have now won just two of the last 12 league games.
The legendary midfielder has managed just 1.25 points per game since taking charge at Villa Park – with his predecessor Dean Smith taking 1.15 points per game.
Gerrard has been backed heavily in the transfer window this summer – with Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, and Diego Carlos all joining the club.
When asked about Gerrard’s job security at Villa Park, he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think every manager is in a precarious position – it’s a results-driven business.
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“The money he’s spent and the players he has brought in – it’s real quality.
“I’m not going to read into opening day defeats too much. I’d say it takes four games to get into the swing of things when starting a new season.
“Pre-season is one thing, but the start of a season is another. It’s a different class, different pace, and different game altogether.
“But you’ve got to say his start at Aston Villa hasn’t been great.
“His record over the last 12 games is awful, but he’ll be working hard to put everything right – I’m sure.”