Aston Villa part ways with Dean Smith
Following a fifth consecutive defeat on Friday night, Aston Villa announced on Sunday that they had parted ways with Dean Smith.
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.”
He leaves the club sitting in fifteenth place in the Premier League, as one of three clubs on 10 points, and only in their spot thanks to a better goal difference than the two below them. In reality, then, the Villans sit two points above the drop zone, despite reinvesting all of the money recouped from Jack Grealish’s 100 million pound sale.
Gerrard to be announced in “the next 24/48 hours, if not sooner”
Now, it seems that former Liverpool legend and current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is set to take his place in the hotseat recently vacated by Smith, leaving Scotland in order to test himself in the Premier League.
But when will he be announced?
As per local midlands media, it could be sooner than initially thought.
Ashley Preece reports that:
I’m expecting an announcement within the next 24 to 48 hours if not sooner.
Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa all but done as he finalises his backroom staff. I’m expecting an announcement within the next 24 to 48 hours if not sooner. Christian Purslow set to get his man. Villans; fill in our Villa-Gerrard survey https://t.co/78pqVWZ4yU #avfc
— Ashley Preece (@PreeceObserver) November 10, 2021
With an announcement expected so soon, it seems certain that Gerrard will be back in the Premier League. How will he fare with the Claret and Blue, though?
Steven Gerrard’s stance on taking the Aston Villa job & how much club would have to pay Rangers revealed
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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