Following Aston Villa’s fifth consecutive Premier League defeat, against Southampton on Friday night, Dean Smith has been sacked as manager of the Premier League outfit.
Smith took over at Villa in October 2018 after leaving Brentford and led the team to promotion via the play-offs at the end of the previous season.
He has kept Villa in the Premier League since then, as well as taking them to the 2020 Carabao Cup final, where they lost to Manchester City, but he has paid the price for a poor run of form.
Smith’s reign reached its pinnacle after an auspicious start to the 2020-21 Premier League season, when he orchestrated a 7-2 victory over Liverpool at Villa Park.
However, he has been unable to capitalize on that success and has been under increased scrutiny following a poor run of games since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on September 25. Villa have now lost their last five league games, including home defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.
After losing 1-0 to Southampton on Friday, the club is now 15th in the Premier League, having conceded 20 goals in 11 games. This season, only Newcastle United and Norwich City had a worse defensive record.
Villa CEO Christian Purslow said, “When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in The Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season – a rare feat.
“The Board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time. Everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with distinction and dignity – universally liked and respected by everybody associated with Aston Villa – our staff, players and supporters alike. We wish him the very best.”