Aston Villa sack manager Dean Smith after five successive Premier League defeats

Dean Smith, Aston Villa's manager, was fired on Sunday.
This decision follows a string of five consecutive Premier League losses, Friday's 1-0 defeat at Southampton Smith being the last game under his charge.

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"Aston Villa Football Club is able to confirm that Dean Smith has left the club," reads an Aston Villa statement.

"Dean was appointed Villa's head coach in October 2018, just three years after he had been appointed. He led Villa back to the Premier League via play-offs his first season as a coach, following a club record 10-match winning streak towards the end.

"Villa remained in the top flight the following season. He also led the team to Wembley's Carabao Cup final, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Manchester City.

Christian Purslow, CEO, stated: "When Dean joined our team in October 2018, our team was really struggling to win the Championship. His immediate impact on the atmosphere and performance was remarkable. He led Villa to the Premier League in the same season, a rare feat.

After a difficult campaign, he secured our place in Premier League and led us to the Cup Final at Wembley.

"Despite a strong start to the season last year, we have not seen the consistent improvement in results, performances, and league position that we all hoped for. We have made the decision to change our head coach now in order to give time for him to make an impact.

"The Board wishes to express its deep gratitude to Dean for all his outstanding achievements on and off the pitch during this period. Dean and his family know how much Aston Villa means. He has been a great representative of the club, and is respected by all who are associated with Aston Villa, including our players and supporters. We wish him all the best.

Smith's last win was Sept. 25, when Villa defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

This news comes one day after Daniel Farke was fired from Norwich City.