I Believe I Would Have Guided Villa To Top 10 Finish

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Sacked Dean Smith feels that if he had stayed on as manager of Aston Villa, the team could have finished in the top ten of the Premier League. Smith, 50, was fired on Sunday after a five-game losing streak in the Premier League, with Villa in 16th place.

Smith was appointed in October 2018 and led Villa to 11th place in the Premier League last season, two years after they were promoted from the Championship. “My belief was that we would continue our progression this season,” he said.

When Smith joined, Villa were 14th in the Championship, and after guiding them to promotion, he retained them in the Premier League until the final day of the season in 2020. Smith also led Villa to the Carabao Cup final in 2020, which they lost 2-1 at Wembley to Manchester City.

“To be appointed the head coach of Aston Villa, the club I supported throughout my childhood, was and remains something I am extremely proud of,” said Smith in a statement released by the League Managers Association.

Villa bought Emi Buendia from Norwich in a club-record deal worth up to £38 million, Jamaican winger Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen for £30 million, and England striker Danny Ings from Southampton for £25 million during the summer transfer window.

Source: BBC Sport

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