Steven Gerrard is treated to a warm welcome from Aston Villa fans

Back in the big time! Steven Gerrard is treated to a warm welcome from Aston Villa fans ahead of his first Premier League match in charge against Brighton… as Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt watches on at Villa Park

  • Steven Gerrard made his long-awaited return to the Premier League on Saturday 
  • The legendary former midfielder was recently appointed manager of Aston Villa 
  • And Gerrard took to the dug-out for the first time in England at the weekend

Steven Gerrard has taken to the Villa Park touchline for the first time since becoming Aston Villa manager, with his reign kickstarting against Brighton.

Having been officially unveiled earlier this week after replacing Dean Smith, Gerrard more than looked the part on Saturday afternoon with his dark suit and overcoat.

He promised to supporters that their side would gradually change their style of play, and was a vocal presence inside his dugout for the early stages of the game, which was watched by Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, who was in the stands. 

Steven Gerrard has made his long-awaited return to English football on Saturday afternoon

Gerrard was welcomed to the Aston Villa dugout after replacing Dean Smith as Villa manager

Gerrard, who made his name in Scotland as Rangers manager, leading the Ibrox side to a Scottish Premiership title last campaign to end Celtic’s dominance of the division.

It is widely expected the Liverpool legend will eventually succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, with Villa a possible ‘stepping stone’ and a chance to prove himself in the Premier League before getting a top job with the Reds.

However, the 41-year-old has insisted Villa is a big club and he wants to succeed with the Midlands side first and foremost before thinking about his next job. 

The Liverpool legend was a vocal presence in the first half of his side’s match against Brighton

Jamaican spring legend Usain Bolt was pictured in the stands at Villa Park watching the game

Despite Gerrard’s insistence that he would overhaul Villa’s style and make them a possession based team, the hosts went in at half-time against Brighton having had around 40 per cent possession, with the Seagulls dominating the ball.

The iconic former midfielder had named a back four, moving away from the unsuccessful wing-back system of recent weeks, with defender Tyrone Mings recalled and Marvelous Nakamba and Jacob Ramsey in midfield.

Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Buendia flanked Danny Ings up front in a half low on clear-cut chances. 

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