Aston Villa Boss Dean Smith Facing Possibility of Sacking
Pressure Mounting on Smith
With his side slumping to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Wolves on Saturday afternoon, things have become increasingly worrying for Smith at Villa Park.
Leander Dendoncker’s well-timed finish wrapped up all three points for Villa’s Midland rivals, which has only left Smith with a mountain of problems.
A horrific beginning to Project Restart, the Villains held Sheffield United to a goalless draw in their return game, however not without controversy as the Blades had a perfectly good goal cancelled out.
A 2-1 loss to Chelsea soon followed a game in which Villa had actually taken the lead. And finally, their most recent game against Wolves, which stretched the clubs winless run to eight matches.
Villa’s recent run of form has unsurprisingly left them in the bottom three in 19th place, with 27 points.
Entering this relegation dogfight with Norwich City, Bournemouth, West Ham United and Watford, Dean Smith’s side are hoping to prolong their top-flight stay and not make an immediate trip back to the Championship.
Should Smith be sacked?
Winless since January, and possessing the worst defensive record in the league, one may argue that Dean Smith’s time at Villa Park is up.
After winning the ‘Richest Game in Football’ last season, Villa spent approximately £140m in the transfer market of that summer.
Keeping hold of Jack Grealish, and as stated bringing inexpensive talent including the likes of; Wesley, Tyrone Mings on a permanent transfer and Douglas Luiz, many would argue that Villa have had no excuse to underperform.
However, one will, of course, be sympathetic to Smith’s case. Smith, unfortunately, lost his father in May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, showing the awful effects it can have on the footballing world.
Smith also recently slammed Aston Villa’s fixture schedule due to the fact they are the only Premier League side to play four times in eleven days since the restart.
Whatever happens in the coming weeks, it can not be denied that Dean Smith’s tenure as Aston Villa boss brought many positives back to a club who truly needed it.