Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Dean Smith as Villa head coach and John Terry as assistant coach, whilst Jesus Garcia Pitarch has taken on the role as the new sporting director.
The two were officially confirmed by Villa Wednesday night after the Championship club agreed a compensation deal with Brentford for the highly-rated 47-year-old.
After Steve Bruce’s sacking last week for Villa’s recent poor form – winning just one of their previous nine matches, Thierry Henry, who was linked with the job in the summer was the leading contender until it became clear he was no longer interested. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Rui Faria are believed to also have been considered candidates for the position.
A statement on the club’s website reads:
‘Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointments of Dean Smith as our new Head Coach, John Terry as Assistant Coach and Jesus Garcia Pitarch as Sporting Director.
‘Smith, a lifelong Villa fan, is known for his exciting and attractive brand of football which he implemented in his previous posts at both Brentford and Walsall.
‘Terry spent the final year of his illustrious playing career at Villa Park as he captained the club to the play-off final last season and brings a wealth of experience with him to his new role from his time as skipper of both Chelsea and England.
‘And Pitarch has occupied Director of Football roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid in his native Spain.
‘During his time at Valencia, the club won the La Liga title and UEFA Cup and Atletico lifted the Europa League and the European Super Cup during his tenure.’
1994–1997: Hereford United
1997–2003: Leyton Orient
2003–2004: Sheffield Wednesday
2004–2005: Port Vale
2005-2009: Leyton Orient (assistant)