Aston Villa ‘remain fully behind Smith’ despite winless run

The Aston Villa hierarchy ‘remain fully behind’ manager Dean Smith despite their poor run of form, according to reports.

Smith’s side have lost their last four matches, most recently being smashed 4-1 at home by West Ham.

Aston Villa lost talisman Jack Grealish in the summer transfer window – selling their captain to Manchester City in a £100million British record signing.

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The Midlands club replaced Grealish with Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Danny Ings, but have struggled to adapt to life without the England midfielder.

They have struggled so much that they have lost six of their last ten matches in all competitions, conceding 19 goals in the process.

However, the Villa board have faith in Smith to improve the results and performances, according to 90min.

The report claims that the 50-year-old will have the opportunity to turn things around in the Villans’ next three matches against Southampton, Brighton and Crystal Palace.

If results don’t improve, however, Smith may be in danger of being sacked, with former AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca linked with the job.

Fonseca was one of many candidates considered by Tottenham before the north London side opted for the ill-fated appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.

Newcastle were then said to have targeted Fonseca to replace the ousted Steve Bruce, although the Magpies have since turned their attention to ex-Arsenal head coach Unai Emery.

The Portuguese has previously expressed a desire to manage in England, stating: “It is a dream for every coach and it is a big league, the best, maybe, in the world.

“I would like one day to come here and manage one team. I don’t know when it will be but I believe one day it will happen.”

Fonseca has been out of work since leaving Roma upon the expiration of his contract in June, having taken the capital side to finishes of 5th and 7th, as well as a Europa League semi-final.

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