Has Dean Smith been a good manager for us up to now?

On the face of it, it’s a daft question, but bear with me.

I’ve seen it said that Dean Smith has no proven history and indeed his highest previous finish was ninth in any league.
The insinuation was that our current fifth position was a basic requirement with the squad that we have.
So why was it looking incredibly likely that we would finish nowhere near fifth under Steve Bruce, who is the most successful manager ever in getting promoted to the premier league?
The comment frankly irked me, big time, hence the question.

The way I see it, we should indeed be finishing at least fifth with our squad.
But if you factor in how Bruce ruined the team, with his playing players out of position, destroying our defence and his incredibly negative tactics, I actually think Smith has done really well.

Looking back, it’s now fairly obvious that we underwent a new manager bounce when Smith came in.
And what followed was a really poor run, where we conceded so many points that I was thinking relegation looked a better bet than promotion just a couple of months back.
Some fans were even calling for Smith to be sacked, although in fairness, most were calling for him to be given time.

And now we’ve just won 10 on the trot, for the first time ever.
Which makes me wonder what some people want and why they would even hint at questioning what Smith has done for us this season.

All I know is, if you’d have asked me if we could get promoted on the day Bruce was sacked, I’d have said we didn’t have a prayer, because we were so disjointed.

Yet here we are, with a guaranteed play-off position and a team on a massive roll, playing good footy, who every team in the league is really scared of playing against.

Perhaps the comment was made to simply raise some debate and it was all tongue in cheek.
Except these views were expressed on Smith’s appointment, as well as very recently.

I can partly understand Villa fans not liking Alex McCleish’s appointment, but what was there to dislike about appointing a Villa fan as manager?

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    Pat 57 April 25, 2019 at 4:29 pm .

    You can vote for Villa’s Player of the Season here –

    https://www.avfc.co.uk/News/2019/04/18/aston-villa-player-of-the-season-2018-19

    There’s a shortlist of five – Conor Hourihane, Tammy Abraham, Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Glenn Whelan.

    They’ve all had a great season but I’ve voted for the mid-field engine of the team, John McGinn. He’s just amazing.

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    Holte66 April 25, 2019 at 5:04 pm .

    Voted McGinn too. One of the best things Bruce did for us was signing him.
    On a different note, I know we don’t have to win remaining games but psychologically beating Leeds or Norwich or preferably both would be massive. So far we haven’t beaten any of the top 4 and we don’t need that doubt entering the playoffs.

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      Pat 57 April 26, 2019 at 4:15 pm .

      I think we could do with beating Leeds now, while they’re down, just in case we meet them in the final.

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    Big Fat Ron April 25, 2019 at 10:59 pm .

    How is McGinn not in the Championship team of the year???

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    Bosnich's Dealer April 26, 2019 at 8:52 am .

    Can’t sleep when we’re losing, can’t sleep when we’re winning. The life of a villa fan!

    Anyone else worried we’re going into the Leeds game over confident and we might be shellshocked with a heavy defeat? My thinking is this; Leeds are hurt, like the proverbial wounded animal. I’m worried.

    There are two options. 1. We’ve won 10, made history (we witnessed it and whatever happens it’ll stay with me till I keel over), so we carry on, strong team, as strong as possible. See what these winners can do against arguably the best team and manager in the league this season. This option is my thinking.
    Or, rest everyone, wrap everyone in cotton wool and play the players coming back in, give them game time in case one of the mainstays get an injury late on.

    If we go with option 1 and lose, I feel that it could actually be worse for confidence going into the playoffs then losing with a “second string” team out.

    What you thinking lads?

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