Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan has been reacting to reports emanating from Aston Villa regarding Dean Smith’s position.
The Lowdown: Villa source’s claim
An Aston Villa source revealed to the site that Smith’s relationship with chief executive Christian Purslow has weakened after coaches John Terry and Richard O’Kelly left the club earlier in the summer. Reports have even suggested that Smith could be fighting for his job prior to the next international break.
However, an impressive display in a 3-0 win over Everton on the weekend should squash any rumours of a possible departure for the 50-year-old.
Will Smith be in charge at the end of the season?
Yes, I have faith!
No, he'll be gone!
The Latest: Whelan reacts
Whelan was asked for his thoughts on the rumours by Football Insider, with the interview coming prior to Villa’s win at the weekend.
The 46-year-old was left baffled by the update, labelling it as ‘premature’ to start talking about a Bodymoor Heath exit for Smith, saying:
“It is very premature to start talking about a manager’s job, I don’t get that.
“It’s too early in the season. Villa have gone out and bought some brilliant players and it will take time for them to gel.
“At the same time, the amount of money they have spent, I expect better performances and results.
“What they have done in the transfer market means they should be aiming for the top eight.
“With the players they have and the team they have assembled, despite losing Grealish, that is the aim.
“They haven’t got off to a great start, it’s been a mixed bag. I don’t think there’s any reason to worry so early on in the season.
“Every team in the league is trying to find their feet other than the top four.”
The Verdict: Bang on
Whelan’s comments regarding Villa and Smith’s position are bang on. The club brought in several new players over the summer and have also had to adjust to life without Jack Grealish, so it was always going to take time for things to settle after that transition.
Rumours of the manager possibly facing the sack now look a bit silly following an impressive win over the Toffees, and potentially positive league results against Manchester United and Tottenham over the coming weeks would only strengthen Smith’s position.
The club have also acted when it comes to Terry and O’Kelly leaving by bringing in Aaron Danks alongside Smith, so patience is key.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience