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Firing Dean Smith insists it would have led Aston Villa to a top-half finish

The firing Dean Smith insists it would have led Aston Villa to a Premier League first-half final if it had been given more time, despite leaving the club in 16th place after five consecutive losses.


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Aston Villa’s fired manager Dean Smith believes he would have ended his poor form if he had been given more time.

The 50-year-old was fired on Sunday after three years in charge with Villa ranked 16th in the Premier League.

He took Villa to the top flight in 2019 and helped them overcome the slump on the final day of 2020. They finished 11th last season but sold captain Jack Grealish to Manchester City for £ 100 million.

Firing Dean Smith insists it would have led Aston Villa to a Premier League first-half final

Firing Dean Smith insists it would have led Aston Villa to a Premier League first-half final

Smith was relieved of duty after a five-game losing streak, the last at Southampton.

Smith was relieved of duty after a five-game losing streak, the last at Southampton.

Smith was relieved of duty after a five-game losing streak, the last at Southampton.

Smith hired Emi Buendia, for a £ 38 million record deal, from Norwich and also bought Leon Bailey and Danny Ings to replace Grealish in the summer. But Villa fired the former Walsall and Brentford boss after a five-game losing streak.

“Being named the head coach of Aston Villa, the club I supported as a child, was and continues to be something I am extremely proud of,” Smith said, via a statement from the League Managers Association.

In a statement, Smith also highlighted his work on developing £ 100m Man City star Jack Grealish (right).

In a statement, Smith also highlighted his work on developing £ 100m Man City star Jack Grealish (right).

In a statement, Smith also highlighted his work on developing £ 100m Man City star Jack Grealish (right).

Having brought the club back to the Premier League ahead of schedule and after three years in the Championship, the next challenge was to help overhaul the team and create a group good enough to survive that important first season. back in the Premier League.

By doing so, I believe those achievements enabled the club to accelerate its ambitions to become an established Premier League club.

“My belief was that we would continue our progression this season. I understand the football industry and of course I respect the decision of the owners, but I felt that with important players who would soon be back in top form, we would achieve a result in the first half.

‘One of my roles as head coach at Aston Villa was to improve individual players to improve the team’s on-field performance.

“Participating in the development of a player who would be transferred for a British record transfer fee, along with creating a path for a thriving academy, are areas where I think I have contributed more than that.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, for giving me the opportunity to manage this very special club.

I would also like to thank the CEO, Christian Purslow, with whom I enjoyed an excellent working relationship, as well as the two sports directors I worked with, Johan Lange and Jesús García Pitarch.

‘To the coaches, staff and players, my sincere thanks to each and every one of them.

Finally, to the Aston Villa fans who showed me nothing but love and support from my first day at work to my last, a sincere thank you from my family and myself.

Aston Villa is now weighing a move for Steven Gerrard, who is high on their list of goals.

Aston Villa is now weighing a move for Steven Gerrard, who is high on their list of goals.

Aston Villa is now weighing a move for Steven Gerrard, who is high on their list of goals.

“The goals and ambitions of the Aston Villa board of directors are to bring our club back to European football and I would love nothing more than to see the club achieve it.

“I have always said that I was simply a custodian of this great football club, and my goal was to leave it in a better place than I found it. I believe that together we have achieved it. UTV ‘.

It was also announced Monday that assistant head coach Craig Shakespeare is leaving the club.

Steven Gerrard is high on Aston Villa’s list of possible targets to replace Smith. The former Liverpool captain is admired by key figures in Villa’s hierarchy, who are impressed by the work he has done at Rangers.

The former Liverpool and England captain has a contract with Ibrox until 2024.

After taking over at Rangers in 2018, the 41-year-old won the Scottish Premiership title last season, breaking Celtic’s nine-straight sequence and reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League.

This season, Gerrard’s men top the Scottish Premiership standings, although they were knocked out by Malmo in the Champions League playoffs.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is another who has fans at Villa Park, while Lange has a long relationship with Brentford manager Thomas Frank and Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand.

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