Dean Smith and John Terry can lead Aston Villa to promotion THIS SEASON, says former Villans goalkeeper Mark Bosnich


Ex-Villa number one hails Smith’s appointment and praises the club for staying away from the ‘big names’ linked with the job

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has hailed the appointment of new manager Dean Smith and believes he and assistant John Terry can still lead the team to promotion this season.

After a week of speculation – which saw the likes of Thierry Henry, Brendan Rodgers and Rui Faria linked with the Villa Park job – the Championship side announced the appointment of Brentford boss Smith on Wednesday.

New Aston Villa boss and Birmingham boy Dean Smith is a lifelong Villans fan

Terry, who captained Villa last season under axed boss Steve Bruce before announce his retirement last week, was linked with the top job but has now been confirmed as Smith’s number two.

They take the reins with the club sitting 15th in the table, having claimed just three wins from their opening 12 games.

But Bosnich insists there’s still a long way to go in this unpredictable league, and believes Villa still have every chance to achieving their dream of promotion back to the Premier League this term.

“I think it’s a very good appointment,” the Australian, who made over 200 appearances in a Villans shirt, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“He’s got experience in the Championship. He’s not the big name up in lights in terms of some of the people who were mentioned, but I think that’s exactly what they need at this moment in time.

“I think they’re still suffering a hangover from losing that play-off game last season – they’ve just got to put that behind them.

John Terry captained Aston Villa last season and is now the team’s assistant coach

John Terry captained Aston Villa last season and is now the team’s assistant coach

“Yes, Aston Villa should be in the Premier League, but the bottom line is they’re not. They had years and years of warning that they were going to be relegated, and we spoke about continually on this show.

“But now it’s a clean sheet with the new manager and his assistant.John Terry knows the club from being there last season and Dean Smith will have his ideas – they just need to get promoted!

“Things aren’t going their way, but if you look at the table they’re still only four points off the play-off places.

“They weren’t far off last season, so there’s no reason why they can’t do it this season – there’s still a long way to go.”

Sports Breakfast co-host Ally McCoist was also impressed with the appointment of Smith, 47, who led Brentford to top-ten finishes in each his three seasons as manager.

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