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Steven Gerrard reveals Sir Alex Ferguson help and advice after Aston Villa sacking

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he sounded the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson after his brutal sacking from Aston Villa in October 2022.

The 43-year-old lasted less than a year at Villa Park after being appointed as Dean Smith's successor following a run of just three wins from 12 Premier League games at the start of the 2022/23 season.

His dismissal in the Midlands came after a stellar three seasons with Glasgow Rangers as he guided them to an unbeaten Scottish Premiership season en route to winning the title.

However, in an interview with the Telegraph, the legendary Liverpool midfielder has admitted that his sacking from Villa left him damaged and seeking the advice of 13-time Premier League winner Ferguson.

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“It was tough. It hurt. I felt it. But what people need to understand is if I didn’t feel that, if I didn’t take that personally, if I didn’t take full responsibility for that, then I am not Steven Gerrard anymore because when it’s football and it’s professional and it’s something that I love I will always own it,” said Gerrard, who now manages Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq.

“I am not one of those people who looks to blame, who looks to point fingers. It’s not my style and that’s the reason why I needed a period of time to process that hard toughness. It knocked my confidence a little bit. It does. I spoke to a lot of managers around it. I went to see Alex Ferguson for a couple of hours and he said ‘take your time, don’t jump into anything. Take your time and process it, analyse it’.

“And that is what I have done. But it has not affected my ambition. I didn’t have any targets when I set out on this different journey. I didn’t have a plan to go to Glasgow Rangers. I didn’t have a plan to go to the Premier League after three and a half years. I didn’t have Aston Villa on my resume. I am going along trying to be the best version of myself and have a career in coaching because I am passionate about it.”

Gerrard has won just 13 of his 36 matches since taking the reins of the Saudi Pro League side last summer but in January committed his future to the Ettifaq project by signing a new two-year deal.