McCoist claims Gerrard left a ‘bad taste’ at Rangers after Villa move

Ally McCoist claims Steven Gerrard left “a bad taste in some of the supporters’ mouths” at Rangers after leaving the club for Aston Villa.

Gerrard was appointed Villa manager on Thursday, with the ex-Liverpool star leaving the Scottish champions after three years in Glasgow.

The 41-year-old has replaced Dean Smith at the Villa Park helm, with the Birmingham club having suffered five-straight Premier League defeats.

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When asked about speculation surrounding a possible move away from Rangers, Gerrard told BT Sport three weeks ago: “Do I look happy? Do I look settled? Don’t ask me silly questions then.”

“Do I look happy? Do I look settled?”

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With those comments taken into account, McCoist thinks a number of Rangers fans will find his departure hard to swallow.

“What Steven achieved was winning arguably the most important title for Rangers fans of the last 25 to 30 years,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

“That’s how important it was, make no mistake about it. Stopping Celtic doing ten was as high on the list as you could possibly get.

“But, to be brutally honest, there is a bad taste in some of the supporters’ mouths about the way it’s happened. Particularly after that interview where Emma [Dodds] asked the question, as she should. That’s her job.

“The answer implied, ‘I’m going nowhere’. I think we can all agree on that. He was very forthright, answering Emma in a fashion as if, ‘Look, it’s a silly question, I’m absolutely going nowhere.’

“Weeks later, he clearly has gone somewhere. So I can’t totally get and understand the frustration, disappointment and maybe anger with some Rangers fans.

“That being said, you cannot argue the fact he delivered the most important title in a long, long time for Rangers.”

Meanwhile, former Scotland midfielder Gary McAllister and Michael Beale will now assume the roles of assistant head coach at Villa Park.

Tom Culshaw, Scott Mason and Jordan Milsom have also made the move to the English top flight.

“Aston Villa are pleased to welcome Gary McAllister (assistant head coach), Michael Beale (assistant head coach), Tom Culshaw (technical coach), Scott Mason (lead analyst) and Jordan Milsom (head of fitness and conditioning) to the club as part of Steven Gerrard’s backroom staff,” read a Villa statement on Saturday.

“Austin MacPhee, Aaron Danks and Neil Cutler will also remain at the club.”


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