A new era is about to dawn at Villa Park now that Steve Bruce has left for pastures new, his departure a direct result of a miserable run of form with just a single win in Aston Villa’s last nine league outings. The club are now looking to turn things around and have therefore appointed as head coach lifelong Aston Villa fan Dean Smith who was previously with fellow Championship side Brentford as well as former defender John Terry who will act as his number two. Jesus Garcia Pitarch has been named as Sporting Director after enjoying similar roles at Valencia and Atletico Madrid. It remains to be seen whether or not these new arrivals do herald in a change in fortunes at the West Midlands club although they have a great chance to get a win on the board when they face a Swansea City side which have been less than impressive in the opening few weeks of the new campaign.
“We are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search,” Villa CEO Christian Purslow said to the club’s official website.
“Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship. The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.
“John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.
“And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.”
As things stand, Aston Villa sit ten points adrift of league leaders Sheffield United and as such it is no real shock to see the West Midlands side as high as 25/1 to win the Championship title, however William Hill Bookmakers go 5/1 that the Villans make it back to the Premier League this season whether via the automatic promotion places or the play-offs and they are clearly candidates for making the jump back up to the top-flight following the recent appointments.