BBC pundit raves about Steven Gerrard live on air as Leeds United appointment development emerges
Danny Mills has defended Steven Gerrard for his spell at Aston Villa after he was linked with the managerial vacancy at Leeds United.
Gerrard came under fire for his most recent spell at Aston Villa, where he was sacked in October 2022 after winning just two of 12 Premier League games this season.
Mills, who played with Gerrard for England, believes the Liverpool legend’s poor spell at Villa Park was down to bad luck and has raved about the manager now he’s been linked with a return to management at Leeds.
“I think he’s a good young manager with a point to prove,” said Mills on talkSPORT on Tuesday (6 June).
“He’s got passion, he’s got drive, he’s got desire, he can attract players and he’s shown certainly at Rangers that he will give young players a chance.”
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The BBC Sport pundit added: “Steven Gerrard made bold decisions and very unfortunately, with all the new signings, nearly every single one of them got injured in the first few weeks of the season so then you’re struggling.
“You’ve then got to go to players that you’ve told, ‘I don’t really fancy you, you’re not part of my plans because I brought these players in. Ah, now I need you’.
“He will have learned from that. He will maybe manage that better next time around but what can you do with that? Sometimes you just get unfortunate.
“I still think he’ll be a very good manager who’ll be able to attract top players. He will be able to dip into all the contacts that he has.
“If you’re a young player now, you’d be thinking, ‘he had a few months at Aston Villa and it wasn’t great’. But if Steven Gerrard comes knocking and says, ‘I want you to come and play for me, these are my staff, you’re going to play in front of nearly 40,000 people every week’. What’s not to like about that?”
Gerrard struggled at Rangers despite winning the league once.
In three and a bit seasons at Ibrox, the former England midfielder won just one trophy out of the nine available to him – something which he himself admitted wasn’t good enough [The Sun].
And Rangers’ only title win in his time in Scotland came during a season of complete and utter chaos at Celtic Park, meaning that the Gers pretty much were in a one-team league.
He got the Villa job because they were desperate and because he was a big-name English manager with contacts.
Sure, he did well to start with and utilised his black book to take Philippe Coutinho to Villa Park but Unai Emery has since replaced Gerrard at Villa and they were soon out of a relegation battle. In fact, they’re now in Europe.
Leeds need to steer clear of Gerrard. He’s not a good manager and his career has so far been built upon a mixture of good luck and starry-eyed owners.
In other Leeds United news, Simon Jordan has mooted the possibility of an ex-Whites midfielder being the next manager of the club.