Just reported that Aston Villa have named Dean Smith as their new head coach, with ex-Chelsea defender John Terry as his assistant.

Bring it on!! We may actually start playing football now and learn to defend ( once we have some defenders!!)

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It is great news, likely the best fit and with Terry as well (will he play when he sees that we have NO defenders!!! LOL).

The most important thing now that EVERY Villa fan must do is to give him time. We all hope of course for a new manager bounce, but we will not improve overnight. I hope some of these younger fans will give him the time he needs before complaining.

Great news give them time and this could be a partnership that gives us a chance to start moving in the right direction instead of treading water. 



Really over the moon with this news regards Smith.

To bring in JT as his assistant is a masterstroke from the board.

To even persuade Jesus to join us is ... pardon my pun a miracle.

Was hoping for Jonny foreigner but if we have to go British then this is a good shout.

oneards and upwards

Even I am feeling positive with this pairing in charge - who else will be appointed to the backroom staff ?

It will not be an easy task for these guys with a very lopsided squad left by the idiot Brucey - January should see some transfer activity for where its needed !

BUT now we have a manager who is not living off his 'I have done it all before' excuses - we have seen how he manages with limited resources & he is a Villa through & through supporter !

Looking forward to the Swansea match - struggling defence but an abundance of attacking options !

I like this!!!

Smith a manager who has started in the lower leagues, has his feet firmly on the ground, and who has shown he can make the most of a squad to produce entertaining, winning football in the Championship.

Terry who showed with us what a great influence he can be, who  knows the ins and outs of most of the current squad, and who like Smith will be ambitious to make a go of this.

Pitarch who brings experience of being Sporting Director at two major Spanish clubs and who is firmly associated with the sort of modern brand of football they represent. Think he'll be a major force in both signings and developing the football side from academy upwards.

Think it'll take time to see the full effects of this. But hey, these guys are not losers; they're ambitious. So they may (I stress may, there are problems to sort out) get things going quicker than we might imagine.

Saw the news of Bruce's sacking on my first evening on holiday in Scotland, on Wednesday of last week. It made my holiday, in spite of almost continuous heavy rain. Just seen the news of the appointments now, on return from up north. Great stuff!


Just watched his interview. Liked it. Feet on the ground, know what he wants to do, and in terms of aims it's to win the next match.

Swansea are a good side and it'll be a tough test. Here's hoping.


The defence will take time to work out, but if he can get the forwards firing we can make progress.

Not expecting miracles, these take time, but a rise improvement in work rate will be nice to see right off the bat.

Feeling positive....



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