Aston Villa confirm they have parted company with head coach Dean Smith.
Smith was appointed Aston Villa head coach just over three years ago in October 2018 and led them back to the Premier League via the play-offs in his first season in charge following a club-record 10-match winning sequence towards the end of that campaign, reports the BBC.
The following season, he kept Villa in the top flight while also leading the team out at the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, narrowly losing 2-1 to Manchester City.
CEO Christian Purslow said: “After a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for.
“For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.”