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The Official Dean Smith Thread

"Merd"

Vital Squad Member
My tuppence worth - we have to look at his achievements in the light of 6 games, we may have lost 2 away games against form teams, but even they were marginal. DS has achieved this with the glaring holes in the existing squad and a James Chester look-a-like filling in at the back.

When Bruce said "who is out there who is better than me" I reeled off a long list in my head (still can't believe the arrogance of the guy). One of the names was Dean Smith. Thankfully the early signs are that he is overachieving given the squad he inherited. I dread to think what will be possible once he is able to get his reinforcements come January.

We now know he is an excellent coach, but can he build a side? Only time will tell but the early signs are encouraging. I believe that all of our squad are good enough for the EFL, not the best, good enough. I really want us to dominate after Xmas and one or two quality players will allow us to do that.
 

Merlin128777

Vital Squad Member
Enjoyed the win respect manager working with the players he has got early days hope we can be as magnanimous when we lose now and again it will happen but if we continue to play this sort of football at least we will be entertained and it has been many years odd games apart since I could say that.Never liked derby games if you lose its Armageddon for while if you win and put to much in you get punished in this league due to how the games come thick and fast,wonder if Smithy will be tempted to rest one or two and give say O hare and Jedinak a run out.
 

Melon Donkey

Vital Football Hero
From the club site regarding El Ghazi.

Coaching eh?. What a good idea!


'Smith admitted in his post-match media duties at the Riverside Stadium that he’d spent some quality time with El Ghazi at the training ground, showing him exactly what he’s looking for from players in the wide areas.
El Ghazi has clearly taken that on board. His performance at Middlesbrough was top-class'
 
From the club site regarding El Ghazi.

Coaching eh?. What a good idea!


'Smith admitted in his post-match media duties at the Riverside Stadium that he’d spent some quality time with El Ghazi at the training ground, showing him exactly what he’s looking for from players in the wide areas.
El Ghazi has clearly taken that on board. His performance at Middlesbrough was top-class'
Not rocket science really is it , but a bit of coaching now and again does help.
 

"Merd"

Vital Squad Member
Shook hands with him tonight at the Cubs Christmas bash and thanked him for giving me my Villa back and he said thank you that means a lot and it’s our Villa with a big smile. Class act
His brother is my uncles best mate - he's a baggie but still a class bloke. Never heard a peep about Dean's appointment. The only ever time I might have been ITK lol
 

"Merd"

Vital Squad Member
I may well now have the same reaction as Peter Griffin had when he met boo berry and never wash my hand again
Feel good factor is high isn't it? Even in the Brian Little era, we weren't this free scoring. Just don't know how far we can go, but I have a Jurgen Klopp feeling about Dean Smith. We may lose a few along the way, but we will get there with a smile on our faces.
 

McParlandTheGreat

Vital 1st Team Regular
If you can keep on scoring goals, then you have time to improve other aspects of the team. Look how Liverpool are improving under Plopp. Our defence has already gone from a disaster to at least adequate. Big room for improvement, but we're no longer desperate.

This feel good factor is hard to take. I'm getting withdrawal symptoms from the lack of misery and despair.
 
The thing I liked about him last night was his post match interview. Myself, I was fuming and calling them "cheating classless b**tards", but DS just smiled and did not rant about the officials and shrugged it off. He knew that we were the better side and deserved the win and that if we carry on like this we are going up.
Top bloke .... and he's one of our own!
 

danvilla2

Vital Football Legend
The thing I liked about him last night was his post match interview. Myself, I was fuming and calling them "cheating classless b**tards", but DS just smiled and did not rant about the officials and shrugged it off. He knew that we were the better side and deserved the win and that if we carry on like this we are going up.
Top bloke .... and he's one of our own!
I put this in the match thread, but the other thing Im sure DS will be doing behind closed doors is looking to the lead up to the goal. Kodjia is flat footed, out of position, and the right back travels into 10 yards of space and gets a dangerous cross in. That for me is what we have to cut out as that was in our control.