Steven Gerrard backed to land huge next job with former connection facilitating massive upgrade on Aston Villa

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Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent believes Steven Gerrard should be in the equation to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager.

Gerrard, 42, is now out of work after being sacked by Villa earlier this week. The former Liverpool midfielder was shown the way out of Villa Park after Thursday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham. He was appointed head of Villans in November last year, replacing Dean Smith at the helm.

Things started well, with four wins in six top-flight games. However, the team’s form has taken a turn for the worse, with just two wins from the last 11 matches seeing them limp to 14th in 2021-22.

But far from turning the tide with a full pre-season under their belt, AstonVilla have also fought for this term.

This week’s reverse was Villa’s sixth of the campaign despite having won just twice in the league. Gerrard paid the price for this, with the club now in search of their next manager.

The Merseysider is eager to continue his managerial career and is certain to have offers in the coming months.

But Bent believes the man who has won 114 England caps will be considered for the top job when Southgate leaves.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was one of the candidates for the next position in England,” he said. talkSPORT.

“I’m not saying he should get it, but you know what the FA is like. They like people who have been in the system before.

Gerrard needs experience for a job in England

Gerrard’s ability as a player is beyond doubt. He made 710 appearances for Liverpool before a short stint with LA Galaxy preceded his retirement.

However, football history is littered with examples of top players who failed to make the transition into successful management.

Gerrard cut his teeth with the Rangers north of his border. He successfully broke Celtic’s stranglehold on the Scottish Premiership, guiding his side to the 2020-21 title.

But there is a school of thought that coaching in Scotland can give the wrong impression of a coach’s abilities.

The standard is far from that of the Premier League. And Gerrard may have to prove his credentials with another English club before he sets his sights on the national team.

However, Bent believes the powers that be may well turn to the former England skipper when the post becomes vacant.

He added: “Obviously he played for England and he’s really a businessman, isn’t he?

” That would not surprise me. I just think he could be one, sure.

The World Cup is crucial for Southgate’s future

Southgate have been rewarded for leading England to the Euro 2020 final on a new contract until the end of 2024.

He also took England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. However, the results over the past 12 months have not been good with the Three Lions being relegated from the Nations League First Division.

They failed to win a single match out of six in the group stage, finishing bottom of Group 3 with just three points.

Southgate has, however, shown his ability to make the most of his charges at tournaments. And that was something that previous England managers lacked.

But if they don’t fire up in Qatar, he is likely to resign or be sacked after the Middle East tournament.

There will be no shortage of candidates to support an exciting generation of young English people.

Gerrard’s name will no doubt be mentioned, but it is certain that he will be up against big-name rivals for the prestigious position.

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