Having sacked Steve Bruce as manager after Aston Villa’s poor start to the season, the Midlands club had identified both Thierry Henry and Rui Faria as potential successors.
However, after being snubbed by the two (via Daily Mail), Aston Villa eventually turned to Dean Smith in a move that has left the Villa Park faithful feeling optimistic.
While Bruce’s dismissal was inevitable and something everyone saw coming, everything that surrounded his replacement being brought in was unclear with a host of names floating around such as the ones previously mentioned.
In the end, Smith was obviously the individual to find himself as the one who would be sitting in the Villa Park dugout, and fans will now be hoping he can make a similar impact to what Marcelo Bielsa has made at Leeds United.
The Argentinian coach has hit the ground running at Elland Road and has completely transformed the way the Yorkshire club play football from defence to attack.
With that in mind, there is no reason why Smith cannot follow suit at Villa Park. At Brentford, the 47-year-old showed he was able to field a side that could offer supporters entertainment on the pitch with their style and, with the players the Villans have at disposal, it is something Smith should be able to continue to do in his new surroundings.
Ultimately, under Bruce, performances as well as results were simply not good enough making the appointment of a more adventurous manager such as Smith a logical one.
Smith will now be expected to deliver — especially with the squad he has got — and the former Brentford boss is more than capable of doing so.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!