Aston Villa are completely behind manager Dean Smith, despite four consecutive Premier League losses, understand 90min.
Villa were humiliated 4-1 at home by high-flying West Ham on Sunday – when goals from Ben Johnson, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen cemented the visitors’ place in the Premier League’s top four – and that loss followed a rather poor performance at Arsenal on Friday. before after throwing away a two-goal lead against rivals Wolves the week before.
The continued good form of David Moyes’ West Ham and their overall progress over the last 12 to 18 months is exactly what Villa fans want to see from their club, especially as they have invested heavily in new players over the same period.
But despite spending over £ 175 million since the final season 2019/20 – including healthy sums on the likes of Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez, Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia – Villans have fought for consistency and are currently just three points ahead. of the bottom three after ten Premier League outings.
They have actually lost six of those ten games and have conceded three or more goals on five different occasions – 19 leaks in total.
Admittedly, Villa have adapted to life without talisman Jack Grealish, after securing a British £ 100m move to Manchester City over the summer, a factor that may have led the club’s hierarchy to conclude that Smith is still the right man – until further.
90min understands that Villa’s board remains completely behind the 50-year-old, and he will be given the opportunity, despite increasing supporter unrest, to reverse the trend in the upcoming matches with Southampton, Brighton and Crystal Palace.
That said, if performance does not improve, Smith will look over his shoulder amid speculation linking former Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca to Villa. He has recently been interviewed for the vacant Newcastle job, and was also previously linked with taking the lead for Tottenham.
There have been no official words from Fonseca’s camp about the links to Villa, although the likelihood of him getting the role of Newcastle seems to be declining every day – former Arsenal boss Unai Emery is now the favorite to succeed Steve Bruce.
As for Smith, he has been in charge of Aston Villa for just over three years, which led the club to promotion from the Championship in its first campaign. A 17th place followed during the club’s first season back in the top class, before a marked improvement made Villa finish just outside the Premier League’s top ten 2020/21.