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FANS OF THE VILLA FORGIVE GERRARD

Aston Villa fans are ready to end their 20-year vendetta against Steven Gerrard according to Vital Villa fan site editor Jonathan Fear. writes GRAEME BRYCE.

Gerrard has been Public Enemy No.1 at Villa Park for two decades, hated and stalked by Holte End who refused to forgive him for an over-the-ball tackle on George Boateng – despite being a fiery 21-year-old.

Although Gerrard’s apology was accepted by the Dutchman at the time – and he was punished with a red card and a three-game suspension – Villa fans have never forgiven him for his’ crime. “.

In his 2006 bestseller: Gerrard, The Autobiography, Gerrard wrote: “The Holte End hates me.

“Since Boateng’s fault, I get serenaded with ‘Steven Gerrard is aw *****’ every time I play at Villa Park.”

However, Fear predicts that Gerrard will receive a heroic welcome when he takes charge of Villa for the first time against Brighton tomorrow (Saturday) after making a positive first impression since replacing Dean Smith earlier this week.

He said: “Once someone named the manager of Aston Villa, he didn’t do anything wrong with his story.

“If he hadn’t been appointed our manager, then of course he hasn’t done anything right in his history!

“The Gerrard we used to abuse was the player and we know as a player he was a winner. He was the same as Roy Keane – not liked by opposing fans because you secretly wanted him in your team.

“Since becoming our manager, Steven Gerrard has said all the right things so far – now he just has to do all the right things !!




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