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Ferdinand shares what he’s heard about Villa’s players and Gerrard

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says there are really “good vibes” coming out of Aston Villa after revealing what he’s heard about the impact of new head coach Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard has led the claret and blue to back to back victories in his first two games in charge of the club, beating Brighton 2-0 and then following it up with a win at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The former Liverpool captain has already won huge acclaim from the supporters about the way he has hit the ground running having been appointed after Dean Smith was axed after five straight defeats in the Premier League.

And now Ferdinand says he has learned from people within the game of Gerrard’s qualities and how training has been given an extra edge at Villa.

“I’m hearing some really good, good vibes that are coming out of Villa, the way that they’re training,” the former Leeds and Manchester United defender said on his VIBE with Five podcast on Monday.

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“They’re super impressed with his coaching staff.

“The clarity with which they’re training, they’ve got a clear idea what they’re going to do.

“(They are) Enjoying the sessions and getting the results right now, so there’s some positive stuff right now.”

Gerrard is refusing to get carried away by the start he has made at Villa where he has not been afraid to make some big calls.

He dropped Danny Ings and Emi Buendia for Saturday’s trip to Palace.

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And the ex-Rangers boss is determined to keep his feet on the ground after making a hugely impressive opening to his reign.

“This is a level where you need to remain concentrated and focused,” he said.

“One thing we won’t do is get carried away on the back of two wins.

“I’ve worked extremely hard to get to this position, so I want to give it the best shot from a personal point of view.”

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