Aston Villa have unveiled Dean Smith as the club’s new manager.

The news was broken yesterday, a week after Steve Bruce was axed for failing to lift the club out of mid-table obscurity.

Smith has left his role as manager of Brentford to take over, having spent just under three years at Griffin Park.

The appointment brings an end to rife speculation that has surrounded Villa Park, after reports suggested that Thierry Henry was set to succeed Bruce.

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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes was also linked with the vacancy alongside Rui Faria, Eddie Howe and Rafael Benitez.

Former Villains defender John Terry has returned to the club as Smith’s assistant following his retirement from playing and the club have also drafted in Jesus Garcia Pitarch as sporting director.

CEO Christian Purslow, who led the hunt for Bruce’s replacement, made the following statement on Villa’s official website:

“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 Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

“The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.

“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 U23s and into the first-team.” 

Smith will face his first test as manager after the international break when Swansea City visit the Midlands.

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