Gerrard's first presser as Aston Villa coach, on Anfield return
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Gerrard's first presser as Aston Villa coach, on Anfield return

Newly appointed Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard faced the media for the first time since being unveiled as the head coach. 

Gerrard was appointed as the Villa boss after the Premier League side parted ways with Dean Smith on Monday 8th November. Smith left the club as a legend after guiding the Villains back to England's top-flight league through playoffs. 

And the new boss faced the media for the first time since his unveiling and this is what he said; "It’s an extremely proud moment for myself from a personal point of view, it’s a real honour to be in charge of this football club, the last 7-10 days have gone so quick, to be close to family and back in the Premier League, made it the right decision for me."

On Villa success

" Success is always about winning football matches. Long term, I think the club would like to be back on the European level but for me, it’s about focusing on the short term which is Brighton at the weekend. We need to start winning football matches again and moving up the table."

"For me, pressure and responsibility in football are what I want, every job comes with an element of risk but that’s the exciting bit."

"I want to prove that I am good enough for this job, I know people will put extra pressure on me, I thrive off that, I can’t wait."

On Anfield return 

"Everyone around the world knows what Liverpool means to me but the focus and my commitment is very much on Aston Villa. I’m all in and I can promise our supporters that’s the case."

The Villains are winless in their last five Premier League matches and Gerrard's first assignment will be against Brighton at Villa Park this weekend.