Dean Smith has been appointed as the new head coach of Aston Villa, with John Terry named as his assistant. Smith, a lifelong Villa fan, leaves Brentford, while Terry moves into coaching having just announced his retirement as a player. Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said on the club's official website: "These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search." Villa also confirmed the appointment of their new sporting director who held similar roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid. Purslow added: "Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club.
Source: Evening echo October 10, 2018 21:45 UTC