In less than 24 hours, two Premier League players changed their coaches. Daniel Farke was first sent to the labor office, although Norwich beat Brentford away, and during the day, Aston Villa fired Dean Smith. The leaders of the club simply could not see through his fingers after five tied defeats and the fact that the team dropped to 17th position, the first above the relegation zone, and that only two points separate them from Burnley, who is first below the line.
"When Dean arrived in October 2018, the team struggled in the Championship. He immediately changed the atmosphere and releases of the team and achieved incredible success by placing in the Premier League in the same season."
"Then he managed to keep us in the elite and introduce us to the Cup final at Wembley. However, after a quality start last season, we did not see a constant result shift and progress in this one, ie positions that would satisfy us."
"For that reason, we decided to make a change, and now is the time for a new coach to make it, "said Villa CEO Christian Purslow.
The difference in relation to last season, in which Villa finished in the 11th position with a great 55 points, is the absence of Jack Grealish, who strengthened Manchester City in the biggest transfer of English football this summer.
The money from the sale of the England player (117,000,000 euros) was mostly invested in reinforcements, but Smith failed to use Emiliano Buendia (38,400,000), Leon Bailey (32,000,000), and Dany Ings (29,400,000) so that Grealish's departure was not felt.
For the sake of comparison, last season, after the first 18 rounds, Villa had seven defeats and 20 goals conceded, and those numbers "adorn" this competition year as well, but only after 11 games played. We remember that, for example, in mid-October, Villa led against the Wolves 2: 0, and then allowed them to reach one of the fastest comebacks in the history of the Premier League from the 80th minute until the end of the game.
This was followed by defeats by Arsenal, West Ham, and Southampton. According to the British Telegraph, at the top of the wish list of the Birmingham club for Smith's successor are Steven Gerrard, who recently said that he has no intention of leaving Rangers, as well as Ralph Hasenhuttl, manager of Southampton, the last team that Villa played with. It will be interesting to see if Villa can fix the game under a new coach