Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa move down to Premier League return and being closer to family

In his six games as Villa's head coach, Gerrard has won four of them.

Steven Gerrard has only been at the club for five weeks, but he has already made an impact.

Villa have made an impressive start under the former England player, winning four of their first six games, with the two losses coming against Manchester City and his old club.

There had been suggestions that he left Rangers to take the Villa job in order to move on to bigger things in his career.

He told Radio 5 Live he couldn't refuse the chance to join a club that would return to the top flight and be close to his family.

"I am very privileged and honored to be in this position, it is a fantastic club and I am proud to be a part of it," he said.

I understand that there will be noise and opinion on the outside but for me it is about the now. I decided to take this challenge because I am happy here and I want to be here.

It was an opportunity I couldn't turn down because I wanted to challenge myself against the best and work with elite players. To be close to my kids. I was missing for three and a half years while my son was four and a half.

It's not the ideal situation to not have one night in your own bed. We have to make career decisions when we decide what we want to do.

I was committed to the Rangers project and did a good job, but it was the chance to return to the top flight that made me want to go.

I am very happy because I see more of my family, my family might not be as happy as me, but I am good.

Things can be exciting here.

Rangers was paid a compensation fee by Villa to take the manager's job.

Villa sacked Dean Smith in November after a run of five successive league defeats left them 17th in the table.

Smith was in charge for three years and guided the club to promotion from the Championship and a 11th-place finish last season.

After selling Jack Grealish to Man City for £100m in the summer, the club's results started to dip, but now they are up to 10th.

The Villa fans want to see a group of players and a squad that goes out and represents them in the best possible way. The fans want to see a lot of non-negotiables, such as commitment, desire, and ethic, and people going the extra mile to empty the tank.

Can we strive to be better? Can we aspire to be among the elite? Can we move this club forward? The challenge will be moving forward.

We have seen enough in the door that we can move it forward and if we recruit right and get the right support for the current players, things can be exciting here.

'World is his oyster' for Ramsey.

Ramsey has started five of six games.

Villa are missing a lot of players because of Covid and injuries but Jacob Ramsey is poised to start once more.

The 20-year-old has started five of the six games in charge for the club.

"I want to give people a pathway and opportunity and lean on the academy to do that," he said. They have to contribute when they come in and play their part, they have to be good enough.

Dean Smith did a great job giving Jacob Ramsey that opportunity and it's a little different because of that. His level is high on a daily basis.

He is someone who has a world that is their oyster. He can go as far as he wants and has impressed us a lot. He is very mature for his age.

If you show consistency in training and show a level that is better than someone who has their shirt, you will get opportunities in the first team. It is not science or complicated.