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Aston Villa appoint Dean Smith as head coach

Dean Smith was previously head coach at Brentford Credit: PA

Aston Villa have appointed former Brentford manager, Dean Smith, as their new head coach.

John Terry, who played for Villa last season and captained the club to the play-off final, has been appointed as the new assistant coach.

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Smith, who was born in West Bromwich, is a lifelong Villa fan.

Speaking of his appointment, Aston Villa CEO, Christian Puslow said:

Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

– Christian Purslow, Aston Villa CEO
John Terry has been appointed assistant head coach Credit: PA

Villa also have a new Sporting Director tonight, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, who has previous experience at Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

The Chief Executive said tonight's three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and that the club is delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.