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Aston Villa make informal contact with Fonseca as potential Smith replacement

According to The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, Aston Villa have made informal contact with Paulo Fonseca over potentially replacing Dean Smith as manager.

What’s the story?

The Villa boss has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following a run of form that has seen them lose their last four games in the Premier League on the bounce.

And now, Hope has revealed that Villa have sounded out Fonseca over becoming the club’s new manager, and that the contact with the Portuguese “indicates that candidates are being explored in the event of Smith going.”

Villa fans will be excited

Fonseca of course will already be a recognisable name to English football fans having previously been linked with the manager’s job at Spurs over the summer, and journalist Fabrizio Romano was quick to praise the former AS Roma boss for his time in Serie A.

He said: “He is perfect in the dressing room and perfect in his relationship with the players, which is something really needed at Tottenham at the moment. He likes to play a 3-4-2-1 formation and likes to play with quality and fast players behind the striker, and so he and the club will try to convince Harry Kane to stay.

“But, let’s see. He’s experienced, he’s a good manager and he has great relationships with his players, so it could be something interesting. The dressing room was very good during his time there and he was already appreciated by fans.”

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What should really excite Villa fans however is the decisiveness with which the club’s owners appear to be acting, and ensuring that this recent run of form doesn’t get considerably worse before they feel like pulling the trigger.

With the international break looming, getting rid of Smith and appointing a new manager would give that man plenty of time to work with his current crop of players, instead of being asked to hit the ground running with a Premier League game right around the corner for instance.

Meanwhile, Ashley Preece has dropped the latest on Dean Smith’s future…

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