After several rumours on who will takeover as the next manager at the Villa Park, Aston Villa have now successfully announces former Brentford coach Dean Smith as new head coach and Chelsea legend John Terry will be his assistant.
Not being the only announcement, the Clarets and Blue also confirms Jesus Garcia Pitarch as the club’s new sporting director.
Smith arrives at the Villa Park from Championship rivals Brentford – who are currently at the seventh position with three points above the Villans who sits at the 15th position – and will be receiving a compensation for becoming their new manager.
Terry, who took over the media last week when he announced his retirement from football, will be Smith’s assistant after spending last season with the Villans from Chelsea.
The 37-year-old, who joined Aston Villa last season as a centre back ending his 19 years stint at Stamford Bridge, has also capped the England national team 78 times.
The retired centre back was deemed favourites to join Spartak Moscow as a free agent but shoved away the interest claiming a move to Russia will not be the best decision regarding to his family.
New Sporting director Pitarch has also been appointed and announced at the same time with Smith and Terry.
Pitarch works have not gone without notice as he formerly was in charge of Valencia and Atletico Madrid as director of football (being responsible for the signing of Jose Antonio Reyes) before assuming new role as sporting director under the Villans.
According to Sky Sports, Smith and Terry will not be able to meet the players till the next week Monday, following EFL Championship game returning in the weekend with Aston Villa set to take on Swansea city next week Saturday.
Villa CEO Christian Purslow speak on their new signings via Sky Sports: “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.”
The 47-year-old manager, helped Brentford finished at the ninth position on the Championship table last season, claims he has been a Villa since he was a kid.
Smith said: “There’s an affinity to Aston Villa, my dad was a steward there for 20-odd years and me and my brother were dragged there at a very young age. We were brought up as Villa fans. My brother’s still going.”
The Villan dismissed former manager Steve Bruce from the Villa park after winning just 1 match in 10 EFL games this season.
With the sudden appointment of Smith as Villa new manager, Brentford took to their page to confirm that Thomas Frank will continue with club training session.
The Bees’ chief executive Mark Devlin also took to his Twitter page to show gratitude to Smith: “On a personal note, I would like to thank Dean for all his great work during his time with Brentford FC. Not only an excellent head coach but a thoroughly decent man.
“I wish him all the best in the future. Still all to play for this season. Time for a new chapter in our history.”