Date: 11th October 2018 at 3:06pm
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With last night’s late-breaking news about Aston Villa’s triple appointment of Dean Smith as head coach, John Terry as assistant coach and Jesus Garcia Pitarch as our new Sporting Director – well you have to wonder if the club made such an announcement deliberately as a two fingers to the London based press who went full Steven Spielberg in their exclusives and claims over the last week.

Having had ‘positive talks’ with a number of candidates apparently, but those same candidates ‘turning us down’, the same outlets were confidently reporting that despite turning us down they still remained in the hunt for the job? Some even turned us down twice (based on Sky’s reporting I think Faria turned us down three times in one day).

Substitute the name Terry, Rodgers, Faria, Henry, Martinez, Joe Bloggs, Oprah Winfrey, Where’s Wally, Cookie Monster, Boris Johnson – and I’m sure the above has applied to each of them (and more) depending on what you were reading recently.

So the club certainly conducted this the right way – links with Terry were obvious given his playing time with us, Smith featured as his name had come up previously amongst fans given his Villa supporting background and the success he’s had at building an ethos at Walsall and Brentford.

But he wasn’t the media favourite was he? Maybe now more people will take things with a pinch of salt and stop believing everything they read and simply enjoy a proper announcement when it comes as these fans did with their hot chocolates (or lager) last night given the time.

I shouldn’t need to say that’s only a small selection, there were plenty more along the same lines!


4 Replies to ““IT’s Like JG All Over Again” – Villa Fans React To Appointments & Talk Patience”

  • Went to bed depressed by the refusals of Faria, Forsenca
    Awoke to find. Dean Smith, absolutely delighted.A new era has begun.
    RIP Doug Ellis villa will be back now.

  • Pleased we’ve got Dean Smith, my only concern is John Terry, did Dean Smith ask for him or as he been shoe horned in?
    Could pose a few problems if they have differing views.
    RIP Doug Ellis.

  • By and large, I am happy with the recruitment. For me, more so Smith than Terry. That said, Terry does offer a good insight into the squad and can act as a good conduit for Smith.

    I echo eltoro’s note of caution in regards to the Smith – Terry relationship. The former cannot afford to be undermined by his assistant.

    I too was sad to learn of Deadly Doug’s demise. He was a good servant to Villa, often steering the club through some difficult periods. May he rest in peace.

  • Delighted with those three appointments, think this shows our new owners have the right advisors around them! Sad about Doug, when I saw Doug recently it reminded me of the days when the players used to drive to the ground on match day in there rovers, they were the days when you could relate to players! Brand new chapter of success for the villa ! R.I.P Doug

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