Smith, Terry and Garcia appointed by Aston Villa

Aston Villa have appointed Dean Smith as their new head coach, with former England and Chelsea captain John Terry as assistant coach. Villa also announced Jesus Garcia Pitarch has been appointed as the clubโ€™s new sporting director.

Pitarch has previously been director of football at Valencia and Atletico Madrid in his native Spain.

Smith joins from Championship rivals Brentford and will receive compensation from Villa. He replaces Steve Bruce, who was dismissed on October 3 after a run of one win in nine games left them in the bottom half of the table.

Terry, 37, announced his retirement from playing on Sunday. He spent last season with Villa after 19 seasons at Chelsea.

Villa’s CEO Christian Purslow said: “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.

“Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

On Terry’s return, he added: “John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.

“And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the Under-23s and into the first-team.”

Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry and long-time Jose Mourinho assistant Rui Faria had both been linked with the vacant post since Bruce’s departure.


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