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10th Oct 2018

Aston Villa have appointed a new management team

Robert Redmond

Villa manager

The search is over.

Aston Villa have appointed Dean Smith as their new head coach, with John Terry as his assistant. The Championship club made the announcement on Wednesday night, a week after they sacked Steve Bruce as manager.

Smith has been appointed off the back of his work as Brentford coach, and before that with Walsall.

The lifelong Villa fan took over at Brentford back in November 2015 and created a competitive team, that play attractive passing football, on a tight budget.

The 47-year-old will be joined at Villa Park by Terry.

The former England defender captained the Birmingham club last season en route to a play-off final defeat to Fulham.

He has since announced his retirement from playing and was linked with the vacant manager’s position at Villa.

Terry was also said to be in the frame to become Thierry Henry’s assistant at Villa Park before the Frenchman reportedly opted against taking the post.

Villa have also appointed Jesus Garcia Pitarch as their new sporting director.

A statement on the club’s website reads:

‘Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointments of Dean Smith as our new Head Coach, John Terry as Assistant Coach and Jesus Garcia Pitarch as Sporting Director.

‘Smith, a lifelong Villa fan, is known for his exciting and attractive brand of football which he implemented in his previous posts at both Brentford and Walsall.

‘Terry spent the final year of his illustrious playing career at Villa Park as he captained the club to the play-off final last season and brings a wealth of experience with him to his new role from his time as skipper of both Chelsea and England.

‘And Pitarch has occupied Director of Football roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid in his native Spain.

‘During his time at Valencia, the club won the La Liga title and UEFA Cup and Atletico lifted the Europa League and the European Super Cup during his tenure.

‘CEO Christian Purslow said: “These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.

‘“Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

‘“The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.

‘“John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.

‘“And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.”’

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