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EPL: I’m ready for the fight – Steven Gerrard bullish over Aston Villa future

Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard, has made it clear he is up for the fight of turning their season around.

His remarks come amid speculation he could be sacked if results do not improve, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly lined up to replace him.

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea leaves Villa just a point above the relegation zone in 16th position, having won just two of their 10 Premier League games this season with only seven goals scored.

Gerrard’s side face Fulham away on Thursday night and then Brentford at home on Sunday, with those two games reportedly key to his future at Villa Park.

But the former Rangers manager insists he is the right man to take the club forward despite rumours of the club’s interest in ex-PSG and Tottenham boss Pochettino.

“I’ve had tough days, but tough days are okay because you need to use tough days as motivation for when the better days come,” the 42-year-old said.

“I’m a young manager, I get that, and this is a tough period, but it’s a great challenge for me from a personal point of view. I want to prove to everyone I can improve our situation.

“I’m here to fight and to lead every single minute of every day and I’ve got every confidence and belief in myself that I can change this situation.

“I’ve had these periods before. We won the league at Rangers in year three and people always talk about year three, but in year one and year two we had some dead ends, we had some tough days, we had some pressure, we had people pointing fingers, we had some frustration in the stands.

“It’s part of the game when you don’t get the results that people want and demand, that’s the way it is.

“I’m game for these periods because I believe and know I can get through them if I stay true to myself.

“I’ll front this head on, I’m game for it and I’ll show everyone that I’m capable of getting out of this.

“I accept how I’m getting judged right now, but there’s no one on the planet more determined to change it than myself and that’s all I need to focus on, which is the next three points.

“If we can go and execute that, I’ll feel better and everyone else will and everyone else who judges me might just look at it a little bit differently.”

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