Aston Villa Sack Dean Smith As Manager

Aston Villa have sacked Dean Smith as manager following a slump in form which has seen Villa lose their last five matches.

Smith replaced Steve Bruce as manager in October 2018 and instantly guided the Villains to promotion from Sky Bet Championship at end of 2018-19 season, before keeping Villa up the following season following a tense three-way final-day relegation decider.

Villa went on to finish 11th last season in a memorable campaign which saw them thrash Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park last October, yet lost Jack Grealish to Manchester City this summer in a £100m deal from which the club struggled to adapt to life without their key playmaker this season.

Smith consequently departs Villa following a five match losing streak as the club sit two points clear of the relegation zone.

Speaking on the decision to sack Smith, 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.”

Purslow went on to place on record the Board’s “sincerely thank” for Smith’s efforts throughout his reign at Villa Park in which he helped the club claim “many excellent achievements”, including the runners-up position in 2019-20 League Cup after losing 2-1 to Man City in the Final.

Acknowledging how cherished the club is personally to Smith and his family after his father and Villains supporter – Ron Smith served as a steward at Villa Park for many years, Purslow said: “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.”

Villa have confirmed that the process to appoint a new manager is underway and an update will be communicated in due course.

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