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Aston Villa SACK manager Dean Smith following Friday’s loss to Southampton

Aston Villa SACK manager Dean Smith after Friday’s loss to Southampton leaves them 15th in the Premier League after five consecutive defeats.

  • Aston Villa seeks new coach after firing Dean Smith
  • Villa have lost their last five games in a row, including Southampton on Friday.
  • Smith took over as Villa’s boss in 2018 with the club in the Championship


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Aston Villa have fired manager Dean Smith after their loss to Southampton on Friday, leaving him 15th in the Premier League table.

Smith took over as Villa’s coach in 2018 and led the club out of the Championship and into the Premier League. They finished 11th last season, but have suffered a decline this season: the loss at St Mary’s was their fifth loss in a row.

Villa lost point man Jack Grealish to Manchester City in the summer and a string of new signings still continue to adjust to life at Villa Park.

Aston Villa fired manager Dean Smith after Friday's loss to Southampton

Aston Villa fired manager Dean Smith after Friday’s loss to Southampton

In his three years at Villa, Smith led the Championship club to the Premier League.

In his three years at Villa, Smith led the Championship club to the Premier League.

In his three years at Villa, Smith led the Championship club to the Premier League.

Villa CEO Christian Purslow said in a statement Sunday: “ When Dean joined us in October 2018, our team was really fighting at The Championship.

“ He immediately transformed the atmosphere and the performances and achieved the ultimate success of bringing Villa back to the Premier League in the same season, a rare feat.

He then secured our place in the Premier League after a difficult campaign and led 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, performance and position in the league that we were all 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 accomplishments, on and off the court, 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 loved and respected by everyone associated with Aston Villa, our staff, players and fans alike. We wish him the best. ”

Villa CEO Christian Purslow (right) paid tribute to Smith when his departure was announced.

Villa CEO Christian Purslow (right) paid tribute to Smith when his departure was announced.

Villa CEO Christian Purslow (right) paid tribute to Smith when his departure was announced.

Villa will now look to replace Smith during the international break.

Reacting to the news on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher said: ‘We all felt like he was coming into the game on Friday night.

‘It is interesting with the managers. If a coach feels that his goalkeeper or forward is not good enough, he will change them. Now clubs look at managers like that.

“In the past it had to be very bad to fire the coach. That’s how it feels to Manchester United, they’re waiting for it to get so bad.

“ Obviously Villa feels like they can get someone better than Dean Smith, he did really well last season! You had a streak of 10 bad games in the past. The international break is an absolute killer for managers. ”

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