Richard Keys blames ‘thief’ Steven Gerrard for leaving Rangers to take Aston Villa job – .

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Richard Keys blames ‘thief’ Steven Gerrard for leaving Rangers to take Aston Villa job – .


Richard Keys has lambasted new Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard for the way he left his Rangers job, calling the Liverpool legend a ‘thief’.

Gerrard was announced Thursday as Dean Smith’s successor at Villa Park, his first Premier League managerial post.

But the way he left his post at Ibrox drew fierce criticism from experts and Rangers supporters, with Gerrard criticized for the lack of communication ahead of his departure from Scotland.

It marked a bitter end to a highly successful three-and-a-half-year stint at Glasgow, with Gerrard leading Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season without losing a game.








Richard Keys lambasted new Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard for his way out of Rangers
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The BeIN Sports Keys presenter has now added his name to the list of those who believe Gerrard made a mistake in the manner of his departure.

Keys believes the way Gerrard left Rangers will have had a negative impact on his former team, who are currently fighting for the title.

“Welcome Steven. Although I would have liked you to pay a little more attention to how you accepted Villa’s job, ”Keys wrote on his blog.

“I said it on Twitter last week – and I stand by it. Leaving the Rangers like a thief in the night was poor.

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“Everyone at Ibrox deserved better – especially the players – who didn’t know much or nothing about your intentions until they saw pictures of you holding a Villa shirt – and yes – you looked happy !

“The ‘silly questions’ came later this time. Why leave like this? Why go into hiding after getting your big break from the Rangers?

“You then issued a statement saying ‘on time – hope people will understand’. Well, they won’t. If you had done it the right way I’m sure they could have done it.

Keys also believes the task of saving Villa’s season will be far from an easy one for Gerrard as the Midlands club are two points behind the Premier League relegation zone.








Gerrard led Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season
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“I don’t see Gerrard taking the job at Villa as a bet for him. It was Villa who took the bet, ”he added.

“It is not because Steven played for Liverpool and England that he has the certainty of success.

“Frank Lampard played for Chelsea and England but failed on his return to The Bridge. I’m not saying Lampard won’t make a great coach yet, but the jury is out.

“It’s the same with Gerrard. He hired a huge club and he has absolutely not proven himself in England. There is no doubt that the work he did at Rangers was first class.

“If nothing else – he stopped Celtic by doing 10 in a row, but that’s a step forward. So we wish Steven the best of luck, but it won’t be a walk in the grounds of the Villa.

Gerrard will take charge of his first game as Villa boss on Saturday, when Brighton makes the trip north to the West Midlands.

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