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Aston Villa face £2m fee to make Gerrard next boss

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Aston Villa will reportedly need to pay Rangers at least £2million if they are to poach manager Steven Gerrard. The former Liverpool midfielder has been pinpointed as Villa’s first-choice option to take over from Dean Smith, who was sacked at the weekend.

The Claret and Blue dismissed Smith on Sunday after the team suffered their fifth consecutive defeat on Friday night.

Villa went down 1-0 to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium to drop to 16th in the Premier League table.

That result came after losses against Tottenham, Wolves, Arsenal and West Ham. And Villa are now just two points above the drop zone.

According to The Telegraph, Gerrard is interested in taking the top job at Villa Park and the west Midlands clubs are now set to make an official approach to Rangers.

The former England international is currently tied down to the Scottish club until 2024, but Villa are willing to shell out at least a couple of million to activate his release clause.

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If Gerrard does make the move south, he is also likely to bring his current Rangers assistants Gary McAllister and Michael Beale with him.

Gerrard took up his Rangers role in 2018 after spending little more than a year coaching at Liverpool’s academy.

Last season, the 41-year-old led his side to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.

Rangers finished the campaign unbeaten and racked up a staggering 102 points as they denied bitter rivals Celtic a record-breaking 10th straight league title.

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Germany legend Matthaus defends Dortmund midfielder Bellingham

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Germany World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus has defended Jude Bellingham.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been fined by the German Federation after referencing ref Felix Zwayer’s past match fixing ban following defeat to Bayern Munich last weekend.

Matthaus said: “His words were inappropriate and he would probably never say them again today, but I can understand his frustration and anger after the game ends.

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“Something similar happened to me in Karlsruhe too.

“The adrenaline and the emotions you feel after losing such an important match due to a controversial decision are difficult to control, even if you don’t have to overdo it.”

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Real Madrid captain Marcelo makes exit call

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Real Madrid captain, Marcelo is ready to return home to Brazil in 2022.

Ole says after 13 years with Real, the Brazilian will leave when his contract ends next June and everything indicates that he will not renew and will return to his country, specifically to Fluminense, his formative club.

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Marcelo has already made the decision, though is willing to see out his current contract, rather than leave in January.

The wing-back has struggled for minutes this season.

 

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Everton plan to appoint two new directors

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Everton are ready to welcome two new directors.Everton are ready to welcome two new directors.Everton are ready to welcome two new directors.

Everton are ready to welcome two new directors.

The Liverpool Echo says Everton are planning to find two new board members following the departures of Marcel Brands and Sarvar Ismailov.

And further additions to the Goodison top table have not been ruled out.

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Ismailov’s decision to quit his role last month, and last night’s confirmation of Brands’ exit, have left only three board of directors.

Chairman Bill Kenwright, chief executive officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale and finance chief Grant Ingles are the only board members left.

But the club are fully intending to replace them and the arrival of further fresh faces has been discussed.

 

 

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