Aston Villa have had a terrible season so far this year and in truth, the writing was on the wall for Steve Bruce.
Before the season had even started the Villa board were linked with a move for Belgium assistant coach, Thierry Henry and following the dismissal of Bruce, Villa were linked with a move for the Frenchman but once again he refused the job.
With the club having not filled the managerial void, one of our writers went on Twitter to find out who the Villa faithful were praying for and it turns out that the fans were calling for Brendan Rodgers to join the club. However, in truth, Villa made the right move in appointing Dean Smith over Brendan Rodgers.
Despite winning two trebles at the club, things are beginning to turn sour in Glasgow. Amid a season where most of the sides in the Premiership have improved, Celtic have struggled to match the success that they’ve had in recent years. Moreover, having lost Moussa Dembele, Celtic have lost not only their star man but also arguably the best players in the league.
Furthermore, during his time in Scotland, Celtic have had one of the biggest wage bills and therefore one of the best squads in the league. Weigh that up with the lack of competition in the league, and you could argue that the club’s success is slightly distorted.
In new manager Dean Smith, Aston Villa have a man who turned Brentford into one of the most attractive sides in the Championship. With that attacking talent at the club already – talent that has scored 20 goals this season – it’s quite possible that Smith could turn Villa into the best-attacking team in the league.
As it stands, Villa aren’t too far off the playoff positions and if Smith can fix the problems at the back, there’s still a strong chance that he could get the side back into the playoffs and maybe even challenge for the title.
After such a terrible start to the season, and with so many poor performances, it looks like Villa could be about to turn the corner and have made the right move, although it may not have been the one the fans wanted.