Former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips has emphasised how big a job Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has to try and keep the club in the Premier League but has urged the club to not sack him.
Villa currently sit 19th in the league, losing their last four games in the division and have already conceded 56 goals in 28 games, which is the most in the top flight, via Sofa Score.
Phillips was asked whether the club should be looking for a new manager (after the Telegraph previously reported he was fighting for his future) when speaking to Football Insider and said, “Who do you bring in? As soon as you start losing matches, the way they have defended and where they are in the league people will jump on it. It was only last week they gave him their backing. They are really behind him.
“Defensively when you have John Terry and Dean who was a centre-half, if I was in charge I would be drilling those players on nothing but defending. Defending against numbers, putting your body on the line.
“But they need to cut out the individual errors. The goals they concede it is from a lack of concentration. It is a concern.
“The players have a huge job on their hands when you look at the fixtures. If they keep conceding goals they are going to go down.”
It is hard to disagree with Phillips here as the Midlands giants are only two points away from safety, so it’s not as if they’re cut adrift and the return of John McGinn could prove vital given his contribution this season. Indeed, it’s not as if there are only two or three teams battling to survive either. After all, Brighton who are in 15th are only four points ahead of Villa, so there are arguably up to six teams who could all be in the relegation zone at the end of the season.
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Dean Smith also has been unlucky with injuries, with players like Wesley Moraes and McGinn missing big periods of the season, (Transfermarkt) so if he can get the majority of his first-team back together, things could look a touch more positive.
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