Aston Villa Fire Boss Dean Smith has After Three Years In Charge

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Dean Smith, the manager of Aston Villa, has been fired after three years in charge. Smith, 50, resigned after Villa’s 1-0 loss to Southampton on Friday, the club’s fifth consecutive Premier League setback.

Villa are currently in 17th place in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.

“This year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for,” Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said.

“For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.”

Villa say the process to replace Smith has begun, but they will not rush into a decision. It is understood, however, that Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand is a name of interest to the club, and that fellow countryman and Villa sporting director Johan Lange admires him.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez are also rumored to be in the running, with Villa hoping to use the international break to find Smith’s replacement.

Source: BBC Sport

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