Steven Gerrard has already built a reputation as a strong disciplinarian since his time at Rangers and the start of his career at Aston Villa. It is this attribute that strongly attracts the owners of the club, judging by the actions of its predecessors.
The Liverpool legend, who took over Villa Park last November, is aiming for a top-10 finish next season. One of his first actions at the club was to introduce a ban on certain foods in the club canteen, including tomato ketchup.
And a leaked list of fines at Villa Park, drawn up ahead of the 42-year-old’s arrival, shows the reckless course of action is something Villa bosses approve of.
In a leaked list of fines doing the rounds on social media sports mail understands being at least 12 months old, being late to the training ground – £200 a minute, to be precise – and forgetting to bring a birthday cake which set players back £50 proved very costly.
Other fines included leaving snus – a popular type of chewing tobacco – anywhere (£200), not leaving flip-flops in the shower (£100) and cutlery at the table in the canteen (£100).
Manager Steven Gerrard is pulling out all the stops to raise the collective standards at Aston Villa
A list of fines imposed on players has been leaked. The list dates back to the arrival of Steven Gerrard as boss of Aston Villa
On the pitch, the dissent warning meant Villa’s offending players had to spend £200.
Whoever issued a red card had to take the entire Villa team out to dinner – within four weeks of receiving the marching orders.
It’s not the first time details of player penalties have been leaked from Villa Park’s dressing room. In 2016, Roberto Di Matteo’s championship team was subjected to a list focused on punctuality, dress and cellphone issues.
Earlier, the late Gerard Houiller handed a list of fines so severe that stars were considering their future at the club.
Players such as Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Stiliyan Petrov were among the players so upset by the Frenchman’s attempts to stop the club that they wanted to leave the club in 2011 after mobile phones were banned entirely from dressing rooms.
This season, the permanent signing of former Reds star Philippe Coutinho and other high-profile acquisitions such as Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara have significantly strengthened Villa’s squad.
Gerrard will demand excellence from the dugout and his side will look to hit the ground running in the season opener against Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Villa have every reason to be feeling confident after their 2-2 draw with Manchester United in Perth on 23 July, with winger Leon Bailey standing out.
The permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho and other high-profile acquisitions such as Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara have significantly strengthened the Villa squad (pictured on their pre-season tour of Australia).
Winger Leon Bailey was a standout player for Villa in the 2-2 draw with Man United
“He changed the game. Leon showed energy, speed and a hunger to cause problems,’ said Gerrard while reflecting on the friendly against the Red Devils at Optus Stadium.
“He came back as a different player in preseason…not just from a technical point of view, but also from his demeanor and his body language.
“We need to keep him healthy but for Leon so far he’s sending a massive signal to me that he wants to be in our XI.”
Villa have had an impressive pre-season in Australia as they are unbeaten
Villa beat Premier League rivals Leeds United and A-League club Brisbane Roar on the tour
Villa also beat Premier League side Leeds United on their pre-season tour Down Under, as well as A-League side Brisbane Roar.
Both games ended in 1-0 wins for Gerrard’s men, who continue to enjoy an impressive pre-season campaign.
Gerrard took over last November when Dean Smith was sacked and although he comfortably guided Villa away from the relegation zone, he and billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have far more ambitious goals this season.
Gerrard took over last November and helped steer Villa comfortably away from relegation
Although Villa have completed their prioritized transfers, Gerrard is still keen on signing another midfielder pending the future of Douglas Luiz and Carney Chukwuemeka, both of whom have just 12 months left on their contracts.
Gerrard added: “We want to be one of those teams that tries to disrupt the natural dynamics of the Premier League.
“If that means we snag a European spot, fantastic because we have to aim for the stars. But the minimum for me is that we have to play in the top half of the league.’
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/uncategorized/leaked-list-shows-what-aston-villa-players-used-to-be-fined-before-steven-gerrards-arrival/ A leaked list shows which Aston Villa players were fined ahead of Steven Gerrard’s arrival