Aston Villa have sacked their manager, Dean Smith.

Aston Villa sacked head coach, Dean Smith after five successive Premier League defeats, with the last against Southampton on Friday.

Appointed in October 2018, Smith helped Villa to earn their promotion back to the Premier League in his first season in charge at the club.

The English man, however, lost his five straight games in his third Premier League campaign with the club.

Villa’s Chief Executive, Christian Purslow said: “After a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for.

“For this reason, we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.

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“The process of replacing Dean will now begin and the club will update supporters in due course.”

Villa started the season strong after defeating Manchester United at Old Trafford in September. This propelled them into the top half of the table after six games.

The victory was, however, Smith’s final victory at the club, as he lost to Spurs, Wolves, Arsenal, and West Ham preceding Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

Purslow added: “When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in the Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season – a rare feat.

“The board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his many excellent achievements, on and off the pitch, during this time.

“Everyone knows how much Aston Villa means to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with distinction and dignity – universally liked and respected by everybody associated with Aston Villa – our staff, players, and supporters alike. We wish him the very best.”