Dean Smith has turned things around for Aston Villa, who are now closing in on the play-offs.
Last night’s 3-0 away win against Middlesbrough put Aston Villa within three points of the play-off zone.
It came after the dramatic 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest in midweek.
And prior to that, Aston Villa won three out of three in the league, including impressive wins over Derby County and arch rivals Birmingham City.
Smith is a boyhood Aston Villa fan and his passion is refreshing for the supporters, who grew frustrated with Steve Bruce at the helm.
After moving from Brentford, Smith has implemented his easy-on-the-eye style of football and the results are now coming too.
In Tammy Abraham, he has given confidence to a top striker and the 21-year-old now has 11 goals for the season.
And he has reinvented some players, such as Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi, Yannick Bolasie and Axel Tuanzebe – all of whom struggled under Bruce.
Aston Villa fans took to Twitter after yesterday’s win at The Riverside Stadium to hail their new hero.
Below are some tweets from Villans praising Smith and his work so far.
Listening to him is like getting into your own bed with fresh sheets on. So refreshing.
— Aston Villa Shirts (@dave_hitchman) December 1, 2018
He’s the Christmas present all Villa fans have wanted. #avfc
— Lord Castle of Aston ?????????? (@LeightonCastle) December 1, 2018
Dean Smith, from the bottom of my heart Thank you ….. You have transformed our club in so many ways, bring on the baggies
— Pongo waring (@PongoWearing) December 2, 2018
Tbh Steve Bruce in charge of recruitment and Dean Smith in charge of the team we'd be champions of European again.
— Clunkclick (@photogromd) December 1, 2018
This man is a genius
— Vernon Morrissey (@villa_vernon) December 1, 2018
We are a different team under Deano. Away from home and absolutely dominated the game. In Deano we trust.
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) December 1, 2018
— David hicks (@d_hicks77) December 1, 2018
Love the way he talks about the game and avoids sound bites! If you put the work in and show your quality you get a chance to prove yourself.
— Mattcayley (@MattcayleyM) December 1, 2018