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'The start of a new era': Christian Purslow reacts to Aston Villa's triple appointment

Liverpool FC managing director Christian Purslow speaks to the media as he leaves the offices of the law firm Slaughter and May on October 14, 2010 in London, England. The future ownership...

Aston Villa made a triple appointment on Wednesday night.

Liverpool FC managing director Christian Purslow speaks to the media as he leaves the offices of the law firm Slaughter and May on October 14, 2010 in London, England. The future ownership...

Aston Villa enjoyed a busy Wednesday night as they brought in three new faces to spearhead a new era at Villa Park.

Last week, Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce along with all of his backroom staff, whilst European scout Ian Atkins was given his marching orders last month.

That left Villa chasing a whole host of appointments, and they landed three new men on Wednesday night as new owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris made major moves.

 

The big deal saw manager Dean Smith leave Brentford in order to replace Bruce, making a dream move to become Villa manager having grown up supporting the club.

John Terry has been appointed as Smith's assistant boss at Villa Park, returning to the club having spent last season playing in the heart of Bruce's defence.

The final appointment sees ex-Valencia man Jesus Garcia Pitarch arrive as the club's new sporting director, with Villa making wholesale changes off the pitch.

After a busy night for the club, chief executive Christian Purslow spoke to the club's official website, and suggested that all three men 'represent the start of a new era' for Villa.

Dean Smith, Manager of Brentford reacts during the  Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wigan on September 15, 2018 in Brentford, England.

Purslow added that Smith and Terry are key appointments due to their knowledge of the club, whilst Pitarch has experience around Europe, and will integrate a clear approach from the academy all the way through to Smith's first team.

“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,” said Purslow. “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,” he added.

Valencia CF General Manager Jesus Garcia Pitarch attends the presentation of a new Valencia CF player, Denis Cheryshev at Paterna Training Centre on February 2, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

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