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Bye-bye Smith: NSWE could get Aston Villa rocking with Paulo Fonseca

With Aston Villa boss Dean Smith fighting for his future at the club, NSWE could get Villa Park rocking again by hiring Paulo Fonseca as the club’s next manager.

What’s the story?

Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that Smith is under increasing pressure over his job, with a run of four defeats in the past four Premier League games naturally ramping up the scrutiny.

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That was then followed up by suggestions that Villa have actually already sounded Fonseca over taking the reins at Villa Park, and that informal contact has been made with the Portuguese.

Exciting, attacking football at Villa

At Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, Fonseca won three successive league titles and three successive domestic cups, while his spell at Italian powerhouse AS Roma saw him build the team into a genuine force in European competition.

Indeed, speaking to Tifo Football, The Athletic’s James Horncastle declared: “I’d put them with Atalanta and Sassuolo as the league’s entertainers,” while Alex Stewart described his style as “exciting.”

In fact, despite their Europa League exit last season at the semi-final stage, Portuguese journalist Alex Goncalves still backed Fonseca to enjoy a big career, tweeting: “It’s a bad result for Paulo Fonseca today, a 6-2 defeat to Manchester United. His managerial CV is exceptional, & his managerial ability matches it, but his time at Roma may be coming to an end. A talented manager who plays stylish football likely to be available this summer.”

Do you want Fonseca at Villa?

No way!

No way!

Of course!

Of course!

Fonseca’s international reputation would increase the profile at Villa Park, and his continental success, especially last season, would bode very well for a club who are looking to be very ambitious under NSWE.

Quite crucially, it appears that he looks to play a front-foot style of football as Horncastle attests to, so the 48-year-old could be exactly the man to get Villa Park rocking.

Meanwhile, Ashley Preece has delivered the latest on Dean Smith’s Aston Villa future…

Article title: Bye-bye Smith: NSWE could get Aston Villa rocking with Paulo Fonseca

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