Aston Villa confirmed the appointment of Dean Smith as manager on Wednesday evening, with John Terry taking up duties as his assistant.
The 47-year-old will now be charged with guiding Villa back up the Championship table, after Steve Bruce’s poor start to the campaign which saw him fired after the recent 3-3 draw with Preston North End.
Smith has left Brentford to undertake the challenge.
There is a fair amount of excitment about the appointment from the Villa fans.
Here are a few reasons by Villa really have hit the nail on the head with this managerial combination:
Improved brand of football
Smith has garnered a bit of reputation as a coach who gets his team playing attractive football. This is something that will go down well with those frustrated fans who’d had enough of Bruce’s style.
It has been evident at Brentford, and he also implemented that style at Walsall.
Villa are a club in a rut, and the appointment of Smith could be the dawn of a new era at Villa Park.
Smith is progressive and intelligent, and arguably exactly what is needed post-Bruce.
They resisted temptation
It’s a popular appointment.
Villa should be commended for resisting the temptation of plucking one of the older, out of work managers.
Alan Pardew, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce are all available at the moment, and some feared the club would turn to one of those guys.
By steering clear of those potential candidates, Villa are giving themselves a real chance to grow, develop the brand of football and hopefully gain promotion to the Premier League.
Terry can improve the defence
John Terry’s years at the top are going to come in handy for Villa.
It’s likely he will have a particularly positive effect on the Villans’ defence. That’s a defence that has shipped 20 goals in 12 Championship games so far – the joint-second worst record in the division.
Smith being an attacking coach, coupled with Terry’s defensive nous could see this as a potentially brilliant pairing.
And actually, Smith himself was a former defender. There should be a major improvement at the back going forwards.