Official: Aston Villa sack Dean Smith after fifth straight defeat
Aston Villa sack Dean Smith
Following a fifth consecutive defeat on Friday night, Aston Villa have announced today that they have parted ways with Dean Smith.
The 1-0 defeat to Southampton proved a bridge too far for the Villa hierarchy, who decided to make the cut ahead of the international break as they search for a replacement.
Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that the Club have parted company with Head Coach Dean Smith.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 7, 2021
In a statement, the club said:
“Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that the Club have parted company with Head Coach Dean Smith.
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.”
The process of replacing Dean will now begin and the Club will update supporters in due course.”
Who will be in line to take over in the Midlands, and will this have any effect on Norwich’s hopes of recruiting a new manager too after they parted ways with Daniel Farke yesterday?
How bad is their form?
After five straight losses, Villa sit in fifteenth place, but are a part of three clubs on 10 points, and are only in 15th thanks to a better goal difference than the two below them. In reality, then, they sit two points above the drop zone, despite reinvesting all of the money recouped from Jack Grealish’s 100 million pound sale.
With the likes of Lucien Favre, Paulo Fonseca and others now on the managerial market, it is easy to see why they made the decision.
Will it pay off?