Smith leaves Brentford for Villa

11 October 2018 02:59:32 EST

Aston Villa have appointed Dean Smith as their new head coach, with the former Brentford and Walsall boss being assisted by John Terry in a new-look set-up.

Forty-seven-year-old Smith takes charge after almost three years at the helm of Brentford, having begun his managerial career with Walsall in 2011.

Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy, as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club.

Christian Purslow

He guided the Bees to three solid mid-table finishes in the Championship during his tenure, while this season they currently lie in seventh place, eight places and three points better off than Villa.

Smith will be joined at Villa Park by former Chelsea and England captain Terry, who recently ended his playing career, having spent last season with the Villans, helping them reach the Championship play-off final.

Also being brought in is a new sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch, who has previously taken on a similar role at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

Villa chief executive Christian Purslow told the club's official website: "These three 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 Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

"John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to take the next step in his career working alongside Dean."

Villa can be backed at 9/2 to gain promotion to the Premier League this season, with Nottingham Forest priced at 8/1 and Leeds United 6/4.

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