Aston Villa ‘nosedive for Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand with mounting pressure on manager Dean Smith after suffering fifth loss in a row’
- Aston Villa has set its sights on Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand
- Villa suffered their fifth straight loss to Southampton on Friday
- Dean Smith is under pressure and could face expulsion if results do not improve.
Aston Villa has reportedly set its sights on Denmark’s Kasper Hjulmand, with a view to hiring him as their new coach.
The Villans suffered their fifth straight loss to Southampton on Friday, leaving them two points above the relegation zone and Dean Smith under heavy pressure.
Hjulmand is on the ‘watch list’ of future coaches in case Smith is fired if results do not improve after the international break.
Denmark’s Kasper Hjulmand is being considered as the next Aston Villa coach
Hjulmand (left) led Denmark to the Euro 2020 semi-finals earlier this summer.
According to Sun, the Danish’s football potential and style has fans in Villa and he could be the favorite to replace Smith.
Hjulmand took over as Denmark’s coach in 2020 and led the nation to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, despite playing under difficult circumstances due to Christian Eriksen’s health issues.
The 49-year-old also has experience managing a team in the major leagues in Europe. He had a brief stint as German Mainz manager after succeeding Thomas Tuchel in May 2014.
But he was fired nine months on the job after getting just one win in 13 games.
Dean Smith is under increased pressure after his team lost its fifth straight game
When asked if he is confident that he will be given time to fix Villa’s losing streak, Smith said Friday night: ‘I am very sure if he has time we will turn it around with the team we have and the payers. we have to come. back (due to injury).
Obviously I am disappointed. I think we have a strong squad here, at the moment we are struggling a bit with injuries.
‘Five losses seem to have come out of nowhere a bit. There have been some tight matches, bad decisions are against us, but the guys left everything out there today and you can see their support and how they wanted to get a result today. ‘
Friday’s result has placed Villa in 15th place, two points above the declines. They will face Brighton after the next international break.