The Aston Villa A-Z has been hastily updated to include the sensational appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager this month. The England and Liverpool legend ‘Stevie G’ arrives from Glasgow Rangers to replace Dean Smith who was sacked earlier this month following a run of five successive defeats.

The large-format paperback will be released to coincide with the Liverpool vs Aston Villa match on December 11th – the first time that Gerrard has been back to Anfield as a Premier League manager.

The fully-illustrated gift book also ties in with the 40th anniversary of the club winning the old First Division in the 1980/1981 season and the European Cup, in which Peter Withe scored the only goal to beat Bayern Munich in 1982.

Author Simon Goodyear is a director of the official Aston Villa Supporter’s Trust and has also written a biography of former Villa captain and Britain’s first £100m player Jack Grealish – Super Jack – available from G2 Entertaiment.