Leaked list shows what super-strict Steven Gerrard will fine Aston Villa players for – including £200 for every MINUTE they’re late to training and £50 for forgetting to bring birthday cake
- Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will demand excellence from the dugout
- Leaked list of fines will have his players on their toes each time they train or play
- Fines include no flip flops in shower (£100) & leaving cutlery at the table (£100)
- Villa players will also fined £200 per minute when late onto the training pitch
- The ambitious Gerrard is targeting a top 10 EPL finish from his new-look squad
Steven Gerrard is pulling out all the stops to lift playing standards at Aston Villa, if his brutal fine list is any guide.
After finishing 14th in the 2021/22 Premier League season, the Liverpool legend – who took over at Villa Park last November – is targeting a top-10 finish in the upcoming campaign, which begins on August 6.
In a leaked fines list doing the rounds on social media, being late to the training pitch will prove to be a very expensive exercise – £200 a minute, to be precise – while forgetting to bring a birthday cake will set players back £50.
Other fines include snus – a popular type of chewing tobacco – being left anywhere (£200), no flip flops in the shower (£100) and leaving cutlery at the table in the canteen (£100).
On the pitch, Gerrard’s galaxy of stars will also need to keep their emotions in check.
Manager Steven Gerrard is pulling out all the stops to lift collective standards at Aston Villa this season, if his leaked fine list for players ahead of the upcoming season is any guide
Being late onto the training pitch will prove to be a very expensive exercise – £200 per minute – while forgetting to bring a birthday cake will set players back £50 per day (pictured, the leaked fines list)
Being booked for dissent means Villa’s guilty players will have to cough up £200 – although that isn’t as bad as the punishment which follows being sent off.
Anyone issued a red card has to take the entire Villa team out for a meal – and do so within four weeks from the day they were given their marching orders.
The permanent signing of former Reds star Philippe Coutinho and other high-profile acquisitions such as Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara has bolstered the Villa squad significantly.
Gerrard will demand excellence from the dugout, and his team will look to hit the ground running in their season opener when they face Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Villa have every reason to feel confident after they drew 2-2 with Manchester United in Perth on July 23, with winger Leon Bailey a standout.
The permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho and other high-profile acquisitions such as Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara has bolstered the Villa squad significantly (pictured, on their pre-season tour of Australia)
Winger Leon Bailey was a standout performer for Villa in their 2-2 draw with Man United
‘He changed the game.. Leon showed energy, speed and a hunger to cause problems,’ Gerrard said when reflecting on the friendly versus the Red Devils at Optus Stadium.
‘He’s come back in pre-season a different player…not just from a technical point of view, but his demeanour and his body language.
‘We need to keep him healthy, but so far for Leon, he’s sending a massive signal to me that he wants to be in our XI.’
Villa have enjoyed an impressive pre-season campaign in Australia, as they are unbeaten
Villa beat Premier League rivals Leeds United and A-League side Brisbane Roar on the tour
Villa also beat fellow EPL side Leeds United on their pre-season tour down under as well as A-League side Brisbane Roar.
Both matches ended up 1-0 victories for Gerrard’s men, as they continue to enjoy an impressive pre-season campaign.
Gerrard took over last November when Dean Smith was sacked and though he steered Villa comfortably away from the relegation zone, he and billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have far more ambitious targets this season.
Gerrard took over last November and helped steer Villa comfortably away from relegation
Though Villa have completed the transfers they had prioritised, Gerrard is still keen on signing another midfielder depending on the futures of Douglas Luiz and Carney Chukwuemeka, who both have just 12 months remaining on their contracts.
Gerrard added: ‘We want to be one of those teams that tries to upset the natural dynamics of the Premier League.
‘If that means we snatch a European place, fantastic, because we’ve got to reach for the stars. But the minimum for me is we’ve got to be operating in the top-half of the league.’
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