Dean Smith comments on Aston Villa’s January plan

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during training session at the Bodymoor Heath training ground on December 05, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa are aiming to finish in the Championship playoffs this season.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa talks to the press during a press conference at Bodymoor Heath training ground on December 05, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has suggested to The Birmingham Mail that he is not sure if he will sign players in the January transfer window.

Smith has revealed that he will give his opinion on what to do in January, but the final decision will be taken by the Villa sporting director and the CEO.

The former Brentford has also claimed that there have been no offers for any of the Villa players so far.

Villa told The Birmingham Mail regarding January spending: “I’m not sure. That’s down to my sporting director and the CEO to deal with the owners. As the head coach my job is to get the team out there.

"I’ll have an input into the recruitment but in terms of finances, I’ll leave that to the sporting director and CEO.

"We’ve had no offers for anyone, as far as I’m aware, so I’m just planning for our five games before the window opens.”

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Encouraging for Aston Villa fans

One can understand why Villa’s sporting director and the CEO will have the final say on transfers.

After all, they are the one who are in charge of the financial well-being of the club and have to think long-term.

Smith, though, should have an input in which players are signed in the January transfer window, as he is the manager and will have to work with the new signings.

It is also encouraging that Villa have had no offers for any of their players, as the Villans need not worry about losing their best footballers, as the team challenge for the Championship playoffs this season.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during training session at the Bodymoor Heath training ground on December 05, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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