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LONDON: Dean Smith has been sacked as Aston Villa manager after five consecutive defeats in the Premier League, the club announced on Sunday.
Smith returned Villa to the English top flight in 2019 but paid the price for their disappointing form this season, with a 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Friday proving to be the last straw for club officials.
The former European champions were 15th in the Premier League table before Sunday’s match, lifting just 10 points from their first 11 games.

Smith was fired the day after the following club Norwich fired their manager Daniel Fark.
Villa chief executive Christian Parslow said in a statement on the club’s website: “After a good start last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performance and league position that we were all looking for.
“That’s why we’ve decided to make a change now to give the new head coach time to make an impact.”
Smith, 50, a former Brentford manager, took over the villa in October 2018 and led them to promotion through the playoffs in their first season.
The next campaign he held them and they reached the League Cup final, which they lost to Manchester City.
They finished 11th last season but lost star player Jack Grillish to City in the transfer window.
The club’s statement added: “The board would like to sincerely thank Dean for his tremendous achievements off the pitch and off the field at this time.
“Everyone knows how important Aston Villa is to Dean and his family. He has represented the club with uniqueness and dignity.”
Grillish tweeted: “No. 1 will never compare, the real goat (the greatest of all time).”
Smith is the fifth managerial casual in the Premier League this season.

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