Aston Villa have appointed Dean Smith as their new manager.

Ex-Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson has told The Birmingham Mail that he is ‘delighted’ to see Dean Smith land the Villa job.

Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce earlier this month, following a run of just one win in nine Championship games, with Bruce paying the price for both poor form and style play.

A host of names were linked with the post as Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris looked to make their first appointment at Villa Park, and whilst their managerial search took just a week, it was a saga full of twists and turns.

Thierry Henry looked set to take the job, but performed a U-turn when the Monaco job became available, and ex-Manchester United assistant Rui Faria also appeared to back away.

On Wednesday night though, Villa did appoint their new manager, as Dean Smith made the move from Brentford to take over, with John Terry coming back to the club as his assistant.

Smith grew up supporting Villa and has now landed his dream job, with many delighted with the move given his love for the club and his record with Walsall and Brentford.

Having pushed for attractive, attacking football in his managerial career, Smith should be a refreshing change from Bruce, and laves Brentford despite being above Villa in the Championship table.

Now, ex-Villa manager Ron Atkinson has told The Birmingham Mail that he is delighted to see Smith take the job, having been impressed with him at Walsall and Brentford, adding that he has always pushed for Smith to land jobs in the past.

“I am delighted because so far he has done an absolutely smashing job, both at Walsall and Brentford,” said Atkinson. “He truly deserves this step up. Whenever a job has come up I have always promoted him,” he added.

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