Getting rid of Dean Smith would be a “silly mistake” from the Aston Villa board, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 50-year-old had proven himself as a “great manager” during his time at the club.
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Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, Villa’s owners, want to establish the club as regular top-four contenders, with hope of a top-six finish this term.
A Villa source told Football Insider chief executive Christian Purslow, who effectively runs the club, does not see Smith as “big enough” to achieve their goal.