Aston Villa have confirmed that the Club has parted company with head coach Dean Smith at the backdrop of poor results this season.
Smith is the coach who signed Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugge in August 2019, therefore, the development leaves the Zimbabwean international’s future uncertain amid reports that Newcastle United are interested in snatching him from Villa Park.
Dean Smith is fired after suffering five successive Premier League defeats. The club’s CEO Christian Purslow has 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.
Villa have announced that, with another international break now being reached, the search for a new manager has already begun.