Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce last week after a torrid run of form, in which Villa won just once in nine Championship games, and threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 against struggling Preston North End in Bruce's final game.
Villa's managerial search only lasted a week, but it was full of twists and turns, as Thierry Henry seemingly snubbed the job to pursue the Monaco role, before ex-Manchester United assistant Rui Faria also backed away from the race.
Eventually, Villa did find their new manager, giving Brentford's Dean Smith an emotional move to Villa Park having grown up supporting the club as a boy.
Smith has impressed in charge of Walsall and Brentford, always pushing an attractive, attacking brand of football, and he should be a refreshing change from Bruce.
John Terry has also come in, returning to the club as Smith's assistant boss having spent last season playing under Bruce at Villa Park, and that particular decision has raised eyebrows as accept Terry as assistant was seemingly a pre-requisite for the job.
Now, Rangers coach Michael Beale – who followed Steven Gerrard from Liverpool to Ibrox over the summer – has taken to Twitter to offer his view on the appointment.
Beale admitted that he is pleased to see Smith land the job as he impressed at Brentford, and also backed the move to bring Terry back in, whilst admitting he is really interested to see who Brentford choose to replace Smith.
Pleased to see Dean Smith given the opportunity at AVFC. Has done a top job at Brentford. Great to see JT alongside him also. Really interesting to see who Brentford choose as their next coach as they are a very well run club who have a clear idea of where they are going.— Michael Beale (@MichaelBeale) October 11, 2018