I’m not surprised the Aston Villa board decided to make the decision and if they wanted Dean Smith gone, I’m glad they’ve been decisive and done it now, at the start of the international break.
I’ve been following the Villa home and away for as long as I can remember and managers come and go and life moves on, but Dean Smith will get a heroes welcome whenever he returns to Villa Park and rightly so.
I can’t argue with the decision, but feel gutted for the bloke. I haven’t really felt like this since Sir Brian left and BFR before him to be honest.
Forget Manchester City and Jack Grealish, who some think was the only reason we got promoted, forget DS’s tactical weaknesses and the poor run which ultimately sealed his fate. He brought the positive vibe back to us and reconnected that link between the fans, coaches and the players.
He united us again, and took us back to where we should always be. I will never forget the joy of Langoe junior as we celebrated on that May day at Wembley after 6/7 years of absolute torture…for that moment alone, which will stay with me forever, I’ll always be grateful and he can leave maybe with a heavy heart but certainly with his head held very high.
He’s put the building blocks in place…over to Purslow and co to make the right appointment and ensure all that hard work isn’t wasted.
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