Steven Gerrard near the top of Villa’s shortlist

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard remains high on Aston Villa’s list of potential targets to fill their vacant managerial role, according to the BBC.

The hierarchy at Villa Park are said to be continually impressed by Gerrard’s work north of the border in what is his first managerial job.

The Liverpool legend has long been touted as the next boss at Anfield but Villa may move to tempt him south as they look to replace Dean Smith, who was sacked as Aston Villa manager on Sunday after a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats.

The 41 year-old reportedly holds a relationship with Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow, who was previously a managing director at Liverpool.

Gerrard however is just one of a number of names currently under consideration at Villa Park, with the club hoping to have the new manager in charge well in time for their next game at home to Brighton on 20 November after the international break.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand and Southampton’s Ralph Hassenhuttl are among those admired by the Villa board.

Former Blackburn and Celtic striker Chris Sutton said: “Eventually Gerrard will come down south and of course the talk is he is going to end up at Liverpool.

“I don’t want to call Aston Villa a stepping stone – they are an enormous club – but he needs to maybe learn his trade at a club like Villa, not at a club who are going to compete at the very top of the table.

“I think it will suit him – Gary McAllister, his assistant, spent time there with Gerard Houllier, so there’s a link there.

“In truth you manage Rangers, you manage Celtic, it has a shelf life and I just wonder if Gerrard has come to the end of his shelf life. If he’s offered the job I’m pretty sure he’ll take it.”

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