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Steven Gerrard's backroom staff have followed the sacked boss out of Aston Villa
Steven Gerrard's backroom staff have followed the sacked boss out of Aston Villa

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Villa clearout continues

Aston Villa have confirmed coaches Gary McAllister and Neil Critchley have left the club in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s sacking.

The pair join Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom and Scott Mason in following the 42-year-old out of the door at Villa Park after less than a year in charge.

Aaron Danks will take charge of Villa’s home game against Brentford on Sunday as the club searches for a new boss.

Gerrard was dismissed barely an hour after a dismal 3-0 defeat at Fulham last night, a result which sparked anger from travelling supporters at Craven Cottage.

Chief executive Christian Purslow said: "The board has come to this decision following a full evaluation of results and performances over the calendar year. 

"We were clear when we appointed Steven that we set an objective of continuous improvement but that has not been achieved despite everybody’s best efforts and we believe the time is right to make these changes now.

"The process of appointing a new head coach is under way and we will update supporters as soon as possible."

Villa sit in 17th place in the Premier League on nine points, only out of the relegation zone on goals scored.

Frank cools Villa links

Thomas Frank has played down speculation linking him with Aston Villa
Thomas Frank has played down speculation linking him with Aston Villa

Thomas Frank insisted he has "unfinished business" at Brentford after being linked with the vacant Villa job.

Frank's Bees head to Villa Park on Sunday and the Danish coach has been named as one of the early favourites to succeed Gerrard.

"I understand the bookmakers, I’m a good manager," he said in his pre-match press conference. "Joking aside, I’m very happy here. I’ve said that many times.

"I have unfinished business to do here at Brentford. I think it’s also [important] to worship the good you have."

While Frank says his full focus remains on the clash at Villa Park, the 49-year-old admitted midfielder Christian Norgaard has openly asked him about the links.

"I can’t speak about the team because I haven’t asked them," he added.

"I prefer, which we do, to only speak about the game against Villa, how we are preparing to do it with this extra challenge of who is taking over. 

"We don’t know what they will do. I prefer to speak about that instead of my future. 

"The only player [who asked] this morning was Christian Norgaard. He just said, 'Ah, there are links, there are rumours,' and I just said, ‘Ah yeah, there are a lot of rumours out there’."

Northern Ireland sack Baraclough

Ian Baraclough has been dismissed by Northern Ireland
Ian Baraclough has been dismissed by Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland have parted ways with manager Ian Baraclough after just over two years in charge.

The Green and White Army narrowly avoided relegation to the bottom tier of the Nations League, winning only one of their six games in the 2022-23 edition of the competition.

Baraclough lost 14 of his 28 games in charge, beating only Kosovo, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Estonia and Malta.

Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: "Under Ian’s stewardship we have seen the introduction of new players who will wear the green jersey with pride for years to come and for this we place on record our gratitude.

"However, in light of the overall record of results on the pitch, the Irish FA board has subsequently taken this decision.

"We wish Ian the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to football in Northern Ireland."

Nunez doubt for Forest clash

Darwin Nunez is an injury doubt for Liverpool
Darwin Nunez is an injury doubt for Liverpool

Darwin Nunez is a potential doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League clash at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Uruguayan summer signing scored the winner in an impressive display against West Ham on Wednesday but was withdrawn as a precaution due to a minor hamstring issue.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said: "He is one of the cases where we need to have a look because he was not injured, but he felt something and I don’t know if he feels that still today and what the medical department tells me then, we have to see.

"He had treatment yesterday."

Marsch has board backing

Jesse Marsch is under pressure as Leeds boss following a seven-game winless streak
Jesse Marsch is under pressure as Leeds boss following a seven-game winless streak

Under-fire Leeds manager Jesse Marsch insists he has the full support of the board despite the club’s poor form.

The Whites sit outside the bottom three on goal difference after losing 2-0 at Leicester last night, with a Robin Koch own goal and a Harvey Barnes strike doing the damage.

Travelling fans vented their frustration after their winless run was extended to seven games at the King Power Stadium, with some even chanting predecessor Marcelo Bielsa’s name.

Marsch, 48, said: "The board, we are totally unified. That’s not an issue. One of the things I saw before I came was the way the board supported Marcelo for many years. I can only say I felt that same support.

"We’re all feeling like we’re letting ourselves down but we’ve got to be ready to stop the bleeding and fight for each other on Sunday [against Fulham].

"It’s the first time I’ve heard that from fans. They have the right. I’m here doing what I can to help.

"It’s nothing against the fans, maybe I should go over to them next time no matter what, I need to say sorry to them. I know I’m supported by the club.

"There were parts of the first half which were quite good but we lost the ball and almost their first time down the pitch they get a weird own goal.

"It was a big hole we dug for ourselves. It wasn’t as if it was terrible but we let ourselves down."


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