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Aston Villa: Many fans turn on Dean Smith after home defeat to Southampton

Aston Villa: Many fans turn on Dean Smith after home defeat to Southampton - Aston Villa

Just seven months after leading Aston Villa to promotion back to the Premier League, a number of the club’s fans are now calling for manager Dean Smith to be sacked.

The Villans dropped into the relegation zone following today’s comprehensive 1-3 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Southampton, who climbed above them after that result.

In a manner reminiscent of Fulham a year previously, Smith followed up Championship play-off success by investing heavily in his squad over the summer, signing 12 players for a combined £133.74m (according to TransferMarkt) – and Fulham were relegated last season.

Despite advancing to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup this week, Villa’s Premier League form has been alarming, having now lost four consecutive top flight matches and seven of their last 10 games in the division (as per TransferMarkt).

The Villans’ next two league matches are against the only two teams beneath them in the table, Norwich and Watford, and as they go into those crunch fixtures in such poor form, these fans have lost faith in Smith:

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