Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has suggested that Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard should be appointed by Aston Villa as Dean Smith’s replacement.
The Villans sacked Smith last week after they lost five straight games in the Premier League.
Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand confirmed on Tuesday that he was not interested in taking the Aston Villa job.
Gerrard is currently the manager of Rangers and he won the Scottish Premiership title with them last season.
Lampard meanwhile left Chelsea earlier this year. He guided them to a fourth-place finish in 2019/20 despite them having a transfer ban.
But the club legend left the Blues in January after they dropped down to ninth in the Premier League.
“It’s going to be hard to prise Steven Gerrard away, he’s managing a massive club in Glasgow Rangers,” Merson said.
“He’s got them buzzing again; he stopped Celtic winning 10 in a row, they are in the Europa League, and they’ve got a chance of winning the Scottish Premiership.
“It’s a bit of a juggling act for Gerrard because Celtic look as though they are coming back now. They’ve got the new manager in; they’ve bought into his ideas and they are moving up the table.
“There is no forgone conclusion in the Scottish title race this year and, given the nature of football, if Celtic went on and won it this year everything from the year before is almost forgotten.
“Everyone wants to manage in the Premier League. That is no disrespect to the Scottish Premiership. Rangers and Celtic are bigger clubs that probably half of the teams in the Premier League.
“But it’s the Premier League, and when you start out managing, I’m sure in the back of people’s minds if you could get a job like Aston Villa – wow.
“I think you have to put Frank Lampard’s name in the hat as well. He’s managed Chelsea, where he did a great job in steadying the ship at the time.
“If you look at all the kids who have come through at Chelsea since, and then look at Aston Villa’s academy, it’s very good as well.
“On Friday night, Dean Smith had five or six players from the academy in the squad for what was his final game. I would like to see a Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard get the job.”
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