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Steven Gerrard has secured a new job following his break with Premier League side Aston Villa earlier this season.
The Three Lions legend will commentate on England’s forthcoming matches against Italy and Ukraine on television.
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Gerrard has been unemployed since Aston Villa fired him in October of last year.
Since losing his first Premier League managerial position, he has maintained a low profile, although he has been associated with open managerial roles at Poland, Leeds and Turkish side Trabzonspor in recent months.
he 42-year-old maintains management aspirations, but will work for Channel 4 on its coverage of England’s Euro 2024 qualifying matches.
Gerrard will join Jill Scott and Joe Cole as a commentator, while Jules Breach will host, Steve Bower will provide analysis, and Kelly Somers will report from the field.
When England travel to Naples to play Italy on Thursday and when they host Ukraine at Wembley on Sunday, Gerrard will provide insight. Gerrard has served as a commentator for BT Sport’s Champions League coverage in the past and was on television for Liverpool’s 5-2 loss to Real Madrid last month.
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The matches will be the first for the Three Lions in their efforts to qualify for Euro 2024, which will be held in Germany next summer. Group C consists of Gareth Southgate’s squad, Italy, Ukraine, Malta, and North Macedonia.
Gerrard has been unemployed for five months after being fired by Villa after less than a year on the job. He won just 13 of his 40 games at Villa, leaving them in 17th place with just two victories in their first ten Premier League games this season.
Before that, Gerrard has a short but successful stint at Glasgow Rangers, where he secured a Premier League title for the side.
In January, he was connected to the Poland post when the country’s football association chose not to renew Czeslaw Michniewicz’s contract. Former Portugal manager Fernando Santos was ultimately chosen over Gerrard, who lacked international managing experience.
It was reported earlier this month that he traveled Istanbul to dine with Ertugrul Dogan, who is seeking for president of Trabzonspor. After Abdullah Avci resigned as manager of the Turkish club, no job offer has yet been made.
After working with Liverpool’s junior teams, Gerrard gained experience as a manager at Rangers. He won the Scottish Premiership in the 2020/21 season and led his team to 125 victories in 193 matches before coming to Birmingham to manage Villa.
He was succeeded by Unai Emery, who has managed a turnaround in performance. After the weekend’s 3-0 victory against Bournemouth, Emery has won eight of his 16 games in charge, helping Villa climb to 11th in the Premier League standings.
Gerrard will utilize his time on Channel 4 to reintroduce himself to the management market. Between 2000 and 2014, he made 114 appearances for England, which qualifies him as an expert for the free-to-air broadcaster.
Recently, the former Liverpool midfielder has been linked with a job in management with the England underage setup, which could see him work his way up to be an eventual Three Lions manager.