BIRMINGHAM, England (NWN) – Aston Villa has dropped manager Dean Smith from the team, which the team lost in five matches.
The Premier League club announced this on Sunday. Smith, who has brought the club back to the top flight, has paid the price for the team’s dismal form this season.
Friday’s 1-0 loss at Southampton proved to be the final act for Smith, with Villa scoring only 10 points in their opening 11 games and only two points away from the relegation zone.
Villa chief executive Christian Purcello said in a statement on the club’s website: “This year we have not seen the steady improvement in results, performance and league position that we have all been looking for.
“For this reason we have decided to make changes now to give a new head coach time to make an impact.”
Former Brentford manager Smith took over with the club 15th in the Championship in October 2018.
They promoted the club through the play-offs in their first season and then retained them in the Premier League, and reached the Carabao Cup final the following year.
They finished 11th last season but lost star player Jack Grealish to Manchester City in the summer.
Purslow said: “The Board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many outstanding achievements, on and off the pitch during this time.
“Everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with distinction and dignity – universally loved and respected by all those associated with Aston Villa – our staff, players and supporters alike.
“We wish him the best.”
After the news, Grealish tweeted: “Number 1 will ever compare to a real goat (greatest of all time).”
More NWN Soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports