According to journalist Dean Jones, Aston Villa’s upcoming Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest looks to be “really important” for Steven Gerrard.
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There have been doubts over how long the 42-year-old will stay in the job, with Football Insider recently reporting that the Midlands club are probing Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery as a possible successor to the former Liverpool captain.
Villa’s results this season leave a lot to be desired – last Sunday’s 0-0 draw with 10-man Leeds United for most of the second half was a limp performance, and it looks like the ax could fall on Gerrard given speculation over the future and the dismissals of other Premier League managers elsewhere.
Next up for Villa is the trip to lower club Forest on Monday night, which is a crucial fixture for both teams.
The Latest: Monday night could be ‘meaningful’
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones believes the outcome of the game at the City Ground could be key for Gerrard regarding his future as Villa manager.
The journalist said:
“The next game at Forest looks really important in their season and probably also for Gerrard.
“He has to come up with the right game plan for that one and find a way around all these issues that they have.”
The Verdict: Must Not Lose
Gerrard could be feeling the heat right now, and Monday’s game should be considered a must-watch at the very least.
The defeat at the City Ground could well spell the end for the 42-year-old in the Midlands, especially with his opponents bottom of the table after five successive defeats, including a 4-0 hammering against fellow Leicester strugglers last time out.
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That being said, Forest have trusted Steve Cooper under fire despite his own poor form, handing him a new contract this week, and a win for Villa could see them stick with Gerrard for quite a bit longer.