There’s so much to say about Dean Smith’s tenure at Aston Villa. His entrance to the club sparked a resurgence. This was not just a resurgence of performance, but team spirit, club culture and, most importantly, hope.

Dean, you made so many of us fall back in love with our football club, and for that we will always be grateful. A Villa man through and through, you reminded us what it feels like to dream. Unfortunately, your time is up.

From the 10-game winning streak and play-off promotion, to Premier League survival and league cup final – it’s been some journey. Last season we reached new heights and witnessed some incredible results, but unfortunately this was not sustainable.

Deano, thank you. For bringing in some fan-favourite players and putting the sparkle back in the eyes of fans, young and old. The good memories will stay with us far longer than the bad.

We wish you nothing but the best and hope to see you down at Villa Park soon.


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