Dean Smith has been sacked from his position as manager of Aston Villa after suffering five successive Premier League defeats. The 50-year-old, who was a childhood supporter of the Villans, led the club to promotion to the upper echelon in 2018-19 and oversaw an astonishing push for retention last season.
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High expectations were high this season, despite the departure of Jack Grealish for a record sum, but Villa slipped two points out of the relegation zone. Club CEO Christian Purslow spoke to Villa’s official website, not forgetting the good work done by his now ex-coach.
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“He represented the club with distinction and dignity”
“When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team were really struggling in the Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performance and achieved the ultimate success of bringing Villa back to the Premier League in the same season a rare feat. then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a Cup final at Wembley “, noted the CEO of Aston Villa, nevertheless dissatisfied with the current dynamics of the English club.
“However, after a good start to the season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performance and position in the Premier League that we have all been looking for. For this reason we have decided to make a change now to give time for a new head coach to make an impact. The Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent accomplishments, on and off the field, during this time. “
“Everyone knows what Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with distinction and dignity – appreciated and respected by all who are associated with Aston Villa – our staff, our players and our supporters. wish him the best “. In total, Smith will have remained at the helm of the club for 139 games.