LONDON: Dean Smith was sacked as Aston Villa manager after five consecutive defeats in the English Premier League, the club announced yesterday.
Smith brought Villa back to the English top league in 2019 but had to abide by the club’s decision after a 1-0 defeat at Southampton last Friday.
The former European champions are now 16th in the league after collecting just 10 points from the first 11 games of the season.
Smith’s dismissal comes a day after Norwich sacked its manager Daniel Farke.
“After a good start last season, this year we haven’t seen the improvement in results, performances and league standings as expected.
“For that reason we decided to make changes to give enough time for the new head coach to make an impact,” Villa boss Christian Purslow said.
Smith, 50, has coached Villa since October 2018 and won the play-offs in his first season to move up to the English Premier League.
In the following campaign he led Villa to the League Cup final, before losing at the hands of Manchester City.
They finished 11th in the league last season but lost star player Jack Grealish to City.
“There’s no one like it (Smith). The real GOAT (of all time),” Grealish said.
Smith is the fifth operator to be sacked in the English Premier League this season