Aston Villa sack Dean Smith

Aston Villa have parted ways with Head Coach Dean Smith after a dismal run of results seeing them lose their last five games in the league. Having spent nearly £100m in the summer to bring in the likes of Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey, Smith failed to bring out the best from the players after trying different formations and play style.

Dean, who joined the club in 2018 led Villa back to Premier League in his first season via the playoffs. Having finished 11th in the table last season, Dean was expected to build on the success and push the club for European competition.

Thanking Dean Smith for his contribution, Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow said “When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in The Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season – a rare feat.”

He then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a Cup Final at Wembley.”

However, after a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for. For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.”

The Board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time. Everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the Club with distinction and dignity – universally liked and respected by everybody associated with Aston Villa – our staff, players and supporters alike. We wish him the very best.”

Source: Aston Villa

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