Aston Villa appoint Dean Smith as new manager

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Aston Villa have appointed Dean Smith as their new manager.

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The Brentford boss left his post at Griffin Park last night to move to B6.

The lifelong Villa fan will be joined by John Terry, who will become assistant manager.

Villa CEO Christian Purslow said: “These appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.

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

“The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.”

An affinity with the club

Terry’s appointment sees him return to the club after his time at Villa Park as a player last season.

Purslow added: “John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.”

Villa have also appointed a new Sporting Director.

Jesus Garcia Pitarch had held similar roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

“Jesus brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe,” Purslow said.

“He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.”

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