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Smith has simple target for Aston Villa tenure

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has a simple target for his tenure at Villa Park.

During his near five-year stint in his first managerial post with Walsall, Smith was affectionately known as 'the ginger Mourinho' due to his tactical acumen, planning and being able to get the best out of players.

"Every club I've been at, Leyton Orient, Walsall, Brentford that have been part of my journey and coaching experience, I've learnt an awful lot from all of them," said Smith.

"My job is to leave a club in a better place. I feel I've done that at every job I've been at. I've left it in a better place. Certainly at Walsall we built them up, and at Brentford.

"It's not just tactical. There are a lot of man-management skills that go into it because every player's different. They all need a different message at times to get the best out of them.

"For me, it's about getting to know them, them getting to know me, having a great respect for each other and knowing which buttons to press."


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