Paul Lambert says Dean Smith will have to master Aston Villa fans’ expectations

Dean Smith, Manager of Brentford looks on during a Brentford training session at Brentford Training Ground on January 23, 2017 in Brentford, England. Brentford are due to play Chelsea in...

Aston Villa have appointed Dean Smith as their new manager.

Dean Smith, Manager of Brentford looks on during a Brentford training session at Brentford Training Ground on January 23, 2017 in Brentford, England. Brentford are due to play Chelsea in...

Paul Lambert has suggested that newly-appointed Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will have to master the expectations at the club, as quoted in The Express.

Lambert was in charge of Villa from 2012 until 2015, while Smith has just been appointed as the new manager of the Villans following the departure of Steve Bruce.

Smith has joined Villa after leaving Championship rivals Brentford and is a fan of the Villa Park outfit.

The Express quotes Lambert as saying: "I loved my time there - it was great, it really was a great club to be at and you move on for one reason or another.

“But the expectancy level was really really high, always. Dean Smith is going to have to master that side of it.”

Brentford Manager Dean Smith looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on October 2, 2018 in Brentford, England.

Pushing for promotion

Villa are a big club in England, and the expectation are indeed high - as they should be.

The Villans should be in the Premier League, and Smith has been entrusted with the task of leading the club back into the top flight of English football.

Although Villa’s results and performances so far this season have not been great, they are still very much in the running for the Championship playoffs.

A few good results, and Villa will be up there in the top six, and after that, anything is possible, as the Championship can change very quickly.

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

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