Villa boss Dean Smith looking forward to working with new assistant John Terry

first_img no dice Richard O’Kelly (left) joins Smith from Brentford Smith supported Villa growing up New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes John Terry joining his backroom staff will work well.Smith, who joined the Villans on a two-and-a-half-year contract from Brentford last week, is the club’s fifth permanent manager to be appointed in the last three years. MONEY The former defender started as manager at Walsall in 2009 before moving to Brentford three years ago.Smith, who played for Walsall, Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient, insisted he was not an emotional decision to come to Villa.“It means a lot, due to my allegiances as a child and my father working here for 25 years as a steward,” said the 47-year-old, who replaced the sacked Steve Bruce.“People sometimes forget I’ve been involved in professional football for 30 years and none of those have been with Aston Villa. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Terry was unable to help Villa to promotion back to the Premier League last season 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “They’re a team, Richard and John. At Walsall (with O’Kelly) we could get by and needed to just work with two, at Brentford there was scope to add one more coach.“When we came here Richard and John will be involved in everything. Team selection, training, coaching, planning. I have an open door policy and I will take advice and opinions.”Dean Smith and John Terry can lead Aston Villa to promotion THIS SEASON, talkSPORT toldSmith, whose father was a steward at Villa Park, grew up supporting the club but has never been involved with Villa during his professional career. Richard O’Kelly (left) joins Smith from Brentford RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News ADVICE center_img BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 4 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 “My allegiance was as a kid and I’ve always kept hold of that but this wasn’t an emotional decision. It was a rational decision, the emotion comes from the rest of the family and friends.”Sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has also joined Villa this month while new chief executive Christian Purslow arrived in August.“We now have a set-up that can build from the top down a truly excellent football club,” said Purslow.“You have to make excellent appointments to be successful and that is what we have done with getting Dean in as head coach. huge blow Terry – who played for Villa last season before announcing his retirement earlier this month – has been appointed as his assistant, along with Richard O’Kelly who follows Smith from Brentford.Former Chelsea and England skipper Terry made 36 appearances for Villa last season.Smith said: “When I was at Brentford I worked with Richard and Thomas Frank, it’s only natural you have another one on the coaching team to work with.“John has a wealth of experience, we all know he has played at the top level and has always been interested in coaching. Villa’s managing director Christian Purslow has suggested Smith will be given money to spend in January “It has been a very hectic 30 days in post but I think we are moving in the right direction.”last_img read more