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Aston Villa appoints Dean Smith as new boss and John Terry assistant

Dean Smith has been named Aston Villa manager with John Terry as assistant.

Sportsmail earlier revealed how Villa were moving for the duo and confirmation later emerged that Brentford had agreed a compensation package.

Smith has spoken warmly about Villa, the club he supported as a boy, and chief executive Christian Purslow accelerated talks to take the 47-year-old away from Griffin Park after Thierry Henry began negotiating with Monaco.

A deal had already been agreed for Terry to be part of any package, and Smith has accepted to take the former England captain into his backroom team.

Sportsmail revealed how Terry had told friends he expected to return to the club he played for last season in a coaching capacity, and texted former teammates about seeing them at Bodymoor Heath on Monday.

Purslow, who worked with Terry at Chelsea, finalised terms with the 37-year-old and then pursued the appointment of an experienced manager to lead the team.

Smith possesses superb credentials after bringing about an attractive style of play at Walsall and Brentford.

Smith is expected to take long-term assistant Richard O’Kelly with him to Villa to work alongside Terry.

The former Blues captain has been studying for his coaching badges at Chelsea and was last week overseeing a youth team game at Cobham.

Smith should be an immediate fan favourite having followed Villa since the age of four.

‘There’s an affinity to Aston Villa,’ said Smith last week. ‘My dad was a steward there for 20-odd years and me and my brother were dragged there at a very young age. We were brought up as Villa fans. My brother’s still going.’

Villa’s search for a successor to Steve Bruce has been extensive, with early favourite Henry ruling himself out of the running to negotiate with Monaco.

Rui Faria was also mentioned but Jose Mourinho’s former assistant is enjoying his break and sees his first job as manager coming in a top division.

Villa also announced the arrival of Jesus Garcia Pitarch, formerly of Valencia, as the new sporting director. Sportsmail revealed Pitarch had started work on Monday.

Purslow said: ‘These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.

‘Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship. The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.

‘John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.

‘And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.’

Although they would have brought the high profile that Villa Park executives wanted, neither have taken a full-time head coach before. Comparatively, in Smith they have sealed a manager with vast experience in the English Football League.

Smith, a lifelong Villa fan, lead Brentford to three top-half finishes on a shoestring budget between 2015 and 2018. He took charge of 143 games in all competitions as Bees boss, winning 57 and losing 51 after his arrival from Walsall in 2015.

CEO Christian Purslow told the club’s website: ‘These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.

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