Date: 13th October 2018 at 7:00am
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With the vast majority of Aston Villa fans behind the appointment of head coach Dean Smith as he made the move last on Wednesday night from Brentford after near three years at Griffin Park, I thought I’d take a look at what his former fans were saying of his switch.

Brentford are a fanbase like every other club in the country and he has now marked his card with a number of them who can’t get their head around the move given our form so far this year, and their own form – Brentford sit in seventh place in the table and once again harbour Play-Off ambitions as they have come pretty close under Smith in recent seasons.

There are many more, as much as you can judge a majority from social media in fairness, who fully get the reasons behind his switch – his support of the club, obviously an increase in wages, getting to work with a presumed greater quality of player, not least (upon promotion) the kind of war chest that would be available with an easing of Financial Fair Play pressures and the added freedom the size of our supporter base brings compared to their own.

I think there are a number of positives to take from those fans who understand the switch.

Since being better introduced to Twitter, one thing it is good for is giving a general impression on the kind of quality you are getting when moves happen – those with good words to say speak for themselves, but also sometimes even the more negative comments betray a sense of begrudging loss and in the moment hurt and anger that’s not a true reflection, and having scanned a few posts, there are definitely some fans who see him as no loss and maybe even a benefit for them down the line – but they are in the minority and that should only mean good things for us.

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