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Author Topic: Dean Smith - Confirmed  (Read 466607 times)

Offline Damo70

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #240 on: October 11, 2018, 08:00:14 AM »
I spent all day yesterday glued to a combination of Talksport, SKY and H&V and then decided to take a break from all things Villa connected and watch some regular TV from 9pm onwards. An hour later we make the big announcement and I didn't find out until I woke up this morning.

Offline john e

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #241 on: October 11, 2018, 08:03:01 AM »
I just like the fact he plays attacking football

I don't know how be long term but he's definitely good enough to get us up playing the right way and hopefully starting to put a good squad of players together

I'm not keen on British managers we've been burnt to often lately with their limitations
whether he turns into a Eddie Howe or a Alan Pardew only time will tell on that one

But I'm hopeful again and I haven't been that for a good two years

Offline Dazvillain

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #242 on: October 11, 2018, 08:03:38 AM »
Is this the first time we have had a manager who was a childhood fan of the club?

I can think of a few who adopted the club but no lifelong supporters.

Canít help but think that the club have called the fans bluff on this one. We got what many asked for (shudders at Lambert memories).
Donít know about that but with himself , Sir Brian and Tayls all working there, that has to be the most Villa blood in non playing staff there for a long while , so great stuff

Offline manic-road

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #243 on: October 11, 2018, 08:04:55 AM »
No leaks in the media about the appointment prior to the announcement, that's how a club should act.
James Nursey was tweeting that Faria was about to sign for Villa just a few hours before Smith was announced, they just make it up for sales and clicks.

Offline postal

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #244 on: October 11, 2018, 08:06:30 AM »
Should be a good appointment, esp when Henry decided to try for Monaco instead of working in Birmingham.

Can we give him a bit of time before some one here starts the "Sack Dean Smith" thread....   ::)  ;)

Offline UK Redsox

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #245 on: October 11, 2018, 08:06:35 AM »
First job for Smith is to talk Terry out of retirement, at least until the next transfer window

Offline CT

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #246 on: October 11, 2018, 08:09:25 AM »
The first managerial appointment I've been really happy with since MON.

Chuffed for Dean, really pleased JT is back (still wish he'd play for a few months) and am just very positive about the whole thing.

UTV

Offline PeterWithe

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #247 on: October 11, 2018, 08:11:09 AM »
So as heís a local bloke what are all our tenuous links to Deano?

I met him at Boldmere St Michaels when he was Walsall manager. He was with a mate of mine who went to school with him and was watching their youth team play in the Bham Senior Cup. Nice fella, just seemed a straight up normal lad.

Offline rob_bridge

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #248 on: October 11, 2018, 08:14:20 AM »
The first managerial appointment I've been really happy with since MON.

Chuffed for Dean, really pleased JT is back (still wish he'd play for a few months) and am just very positive about the whole thing.

UTV

I was pleased with Lambert based on his prior 3 years.

Bruce was decent enough at the time under the dire circumstances. Yeah the rest were uninspriing, baffling or downright fucking idiotic - or a combination. Garde was doomed to fail regardless mind

Offline nigel

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #249 on: October 11, 2018, 08:17:45 AM »
Is this the first time we have had a manager who was a childhood fan of the club?

I can think of a few who adopted the club but no lifelong supporters.

Canít help but think that the club have called the fans bluff on this one. We got what many asked for (shudders at Lambert memories).


Could be they've called everyones bluff.
Dean Smith could have been the n.o 1 all along but they allowed the media to speculate with the likes of Henry, Faria, Rodgers etc

Offline AsTallAsLions

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #250 on: October 11, 2018, 08:21:27 AM »
Is this the first time we have had a manager who was a childhood fan of the club?

I can think of a few who adopted the club but no lifelong supporters.

Canít help but think that the club have called the fans bluff on this one. We got what many asked for (shudders at Lambert memories).


Could be they've called everyones bluff.
Dean Smith could have been the n.o 1 all along but they allowed the media to speculate with the likes of Henry, Faria, Rodgers etc


To what end?

I think it's clear we talked to other managers, they weren't interested, but we were always working off of a shortlist and eventually got the man best suited for the role when he responded positively to an approach.

In other words, we did it right. For once.

Offline nigel

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #251 on: October 11, 2018, 08:22:40 AM »
First job for Smith is to talk Terry out of retirement, at least until the next transfer window


I'd be disappointed if he did, to be honest.


We've got players who can do the job, they just need to play in their correct positions

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #252 on: October 11, 2018, 08:23:56 AM »
The speed at which it's happened suggests we were talking to a number of people at the same time, which is a world away from Fox's shortlist of 1.

£300k in compensation Percy is reporting. I doubt he's on Bruce's fat deal either.

Offline Little Class

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #253 on: October 11, 2018, 08:28:45 AM »
The next 25 years:

October 2019 - Smith Out banners appear at VP
2020 - Villa win Championship
2022 - League Cup Winners
Summer 2022 - Terry joins Lampard as new coach at Chelsea; Delaney new Assistant at Villa
2023 - FA Cup Winners
2024 - Europa League Winners
2025 - League Champions
2026 - Do the Double
2027 - League Champions
2028 - European Champions
Next 15 years, 12 FA Cups, 13 League Titles, 10 European Cups
2036 - Terry says:  "I thought I had joined the greatest club in the world in Chelsea.  I was mistaken"
2038- I croak it
2040 - Villa beat Barca 6-3 in Euro Cup Final for 5th straight win, and I bloody miss it
2042 - Villa buy Qatar and free the slaves
2043 - Smith retires and Moyes is appointed manager

Offline Godfrey Brian

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #254 on: October 11, 2018, 08:30:13 AM »
Excellent appointment. I'd anticipate he'll have a role for O'Kelly also. They are a strong team  who've been together a long time. Brentford have said they will 'clarify' his position which suggests discussions and someone else is leading their training today.