Simon Jordan has warned Premier League strugglers Aston Villa not to hire Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, telling talkSPORT (9 November, 10am) Ajax’s Erik ten Hag would be a more ambitious appointment.
Similarities can be drawn between Ten Hag and Gerrard.
The former guided Ajax to their first Eredivisie title in five years during the 2018/19 season, ending PSV Eindhoven’s stranglehold on the domestic game.
Gerrard, meanwhile, did something similar at Ibrox, leading Rangers to their fabled ‘number 55’ while knocking Old Firm rivals Celtic off their perch.
The oft opinionated Jordan, however, believes a club with Aston Villa’s ambition and resources should be aiming higher.
Steven Gerrard or Erik Ten Hag for Aston Villa?
“Doing it in Scotland and doing it in the English Premier League are chalk and cheese,” the former Crystal Palace owner said. “I’m looking at it from Villa’s point of view and saying if you want to go for the elite, (Gerrard) is not an elite manager.
“If Villa’s ambitions are they don’t want to tolerate a decline in form, don’t want to lose any ground, why are they going for someone who might put them into that pattern?”
Ten Hag has transformed a youthful Ajax into one of the most exciting footballing sides in Europe, winning all four Champions League group-stage games this season.
Inspired by former Premier League trio Sebastien Haller, Dusan Tadic and Steven Berghuis, Ajax have scored 51 goals in 15 games already, including seven against Borussia Dortmund, five against PSV and nine against SC Cambuur.
“I’ve said Erik ten Hag (would be a good fit),” adds Jordan, drawing similarities between the former Bayern Munich youth coach and Spurs’ new boss.
“If Tottenham have got the ambition to go after Antonio Conte, why wouldn’t Villa – with all the resources and nous they’ve got in their ownership model – be running (Ten Hag) up the flagpole?”