Aston Villa are understood to have made Rangers boss Steven Gerrard their primary target to replace Dean Smith as boss, and they won’t have to pay a hefty compensation fee to land him
Steven Gerrard is thought to be interested in becoming the new manager at Aston Villa.
And his compensation fee has emerged, further increasing the possibility that he could leave Rangers for the West Midlands.
Following the sacking of Dean Smith on Sunday, Liverpool legend Gerrard has emerged as the frontrunner to takeover at Villa Park.
The 41-year-old led Rangers to Scottish Premiership glory last season, while they have already built a four-point lead at the top of the table this term.
But it is looking increasingly likely that Gerrard will make a return to the Premier League with Villa after just over three seasons at Ibrox.
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According to Record Sport, Villa’s chief executive Christian Purslow has been carrying out background checks on Gerrard and his coaching staff since sacking Smith.
And he is confident that the former midfielder will be willing to move from Glasgow to the Midlands if an agreement can be reached with Rangers.
The report also states that Villa will have to pay Rangers less than £3m in compensation for Gerrard, despite having over two years left to run on his contract.
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That fee may rise if the English club also take his assistant Gary McAllister and the rest of his coaching team along with him.
On Tuesday, ex-Rangers ace Kris Boyd called on his former club not to allow Gerrard to leave on the cheap to Villa.
Boyd told Sky Sports: “Rangers have got themselves in a position where they won’t just roll over and take it if somebody phones up and says, ‘Can we take your manager?’. They won’t say, ‘Yeah, on you go.’ There will be a negotiation period.
“Rangers are the leading club in Scottish football, competing in Europe every season in the Europa League. So it’s a totally different club to the one which Steven Gerrard first took over. I don’t see him being in any rush to leave Rangers. It’s about whatever is the right move for his career.
“It’s my understanding that Aston Villa haven’t spoken to Rangers at this moment in time. But even if they do, they’re going to have to come with a large chunk of money because, at the end of the day, Rangers have now got themselves back in a position where they can negotiate with people whether it’s for players or staff.”
High-flying Brighton boss Graham Potter and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl were also thought to be on Villa’s radar to replace Smith.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez is also understood to be on the shortlist of potential candidates.
But Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand ruled himself out of the running on Tuesday ahead of Monday’s trip to Hampden where his side will face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier.
He said: “I’m happy to be the Danish national coach, and I’m not going anywhere right now. I have only just started and I am in the process of finding out what this team can do.
“I love the job. For me, it is a big challenge to see how far we can go and how well we can get to play because we have a very exciting team.”
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