Dwight Yorke: Villa Players Threw Gerrard


Former Aston Villa star Dwight Yorke believes that his old club’s players were at fault for Steven Gerrard’s sacking. 

The Midlands outfit parted company with their former boss after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Fulham last week, before pulling off a sensational 4-0 victory over Brentford after his departure. 

But Villa’s inability to put in a performance of that nature for Gerrard has left Yorke unimpressed.


Gerrard Thrown Under The Bus

Speaking exclusively to Lord Ping, he said: “You wonder why you get into management in the first place when these things happen.

“The players literally threw him [Gerrard] under the bus. I think that's really what that is. There's no other way.

“If you're looking from the outside, the same players, the same team, the same personnel, they're playing against a team in Brentford that are doing quite well and Villa gave them a hiding.

“Gerrard would have been wondering where that performance was for him. I think the players let him down.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of the dressing room at Villa Park, but that's what it appears like looking at the club from a distance.”

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Man Management Questioned

However, Yorke did acknowledge that Gerrard’s man management may have contributed to his downfall at Villa Park.

“I think the whole scenario at the beginning of the season didn't help,” he explained.

“Gerrard’s comments about certain players and changing the captaincy. When you make those bold moves, as a manager, you have to make sure that you have the rest of the dressing room performing for you.

“As a manager, you learn that in every club there will be players that you may not see fitting into your team or players or staff that you might have to get rid of, but you still have to manage these people. You still have to manage the organisation. It's a slow process.

“You might think, ‘oh, he's on a four-year deal. I can't get rid of him’. But because of his influence in the dressing room, you have to tread very carefully.

For ex-players, this a new experience and one of the reasons why I wanted to become a manager.

“You have to manage everyone in a club. You have to be sensible towards the players that you might not necessarily want to keep because they could be disruptive.

“But I think that's what Steven Gerrard didn't do, looking from the outside. I didn't think he did that particularly and it backfired.”


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