Smith & Terry
Steve Bruces time at Aston Villa has come to a close following an atrocious start to the season. After Villa's 3-3 draw with bottom of the league Preston, the board of directors decided it was time for ol' Brucey to move on. It isn't all negative though, the club has found a replacement with a recognisable face alongside him.
Dean Smith has been appointed as the new Aston Villa manager with John Terry filling in the assistant role. Smith's accomplishment with Brentford (who are currently 7th in the league) hasn't gone unnoticed. He had been with his former club since 2015 and the lowest Brentford finished in the championship during his time was 10th. An impressive statistic considering Brentford financial background in comparison to some other Championship clubs.
Aston Villa had made previous attempts to sign Henry as head coach but Dean Smith appears to be a perfect suit. He was at Villa Park when they won the league title in 1981 and he even used to clean the stands/seats when his dad was a steward at the ground. The 47-year-old holds Villa close to his heart and that could be exactly what the club needs to regain their Premiership status eventually.
John Terry is a great appointment as Assistant Manager due to his recent relationship as a player with the club. He recently retired from professional football and now has the opportunity to coach his former teammates. Villa is currently ten points behind league leaders with the vast majority of the season remaining. Smith & Terry's first game will come against Swansea City on the 20th.