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Former Aston Villa goalkeeper hails managerial appointment

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has praised the club’s appointment of Dean Smith as manager, as reported by The Express.

Australian Bosnich made over 150 appearances for the Villains between 1992 and 1999 and has spoken out about the recent appointment made by his former employers.

Following the dismissal of Steve Bruce, Villa moved to appoint Brentford boss Dean Smith and bring former defender John Terry back to the Midlands as assistant manager.

Whilst speaking to talkSPORT, Bosnich backed the decisions and made a bold prediction regarding Villa’s potential success this season:

“I think it’s a very good appointment.

“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.

“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.”

Smith’s first test as manager comes after the international break when Swansea City visit Villa Park.

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