The Villans have decided to part with a coach who boasted strong ties to the club and are now on the lookout for a new man to fill their dugout
Dean Smith has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa after suffering five successive Premier League defeats.
The 50-year-old, who was a boyhood Villans supporter, led the club to promotion back into the top tier in 2018-19.
Much was expected in the current campaign, despite parting with Jack Grealish in a record-breaking £100 million ($135m) deal, but Villa have slipped to within two points of the relegation zone.
CEO Christian Purslow told Villa’s official website following a 1-0 defeat against Southampton: “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.
“He then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a cup final at Wembley.
Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that the Club have parted company with Head Coach Dean Smith.
Across three years with Villa, Smith oversaw 139 games. He collected 55 wins but also suffered 56 defeats.
Villa have announced that, with another international break now being reached, the search for a new manager has already begun.
Smith has become the fifth Premier League coach to lose his job this season, with Steve Bruce, Xisco Munoz, Daniel Farke and Nuno Espirito Santo already parting company with Newcastle, Watford, Norwich and Tottenham respectively.