Aston Villa
Dean Smith

The appointment of Dean Smith as new coach of Aston Villa has been confirmed by the club with John Terry named as his assistant.

Villa also announced Jesus Garcia Pitarch has been appointed as the club’s new sporting director.

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Smith joins from Brentford, who will receive compensation from Villa. The Bees are currently seventh in the Sky Bet Championship, three points and eight places above Villa.

Terry, 37, moves into coaching after announcing his retirement last week. He spent last season with Villa after 19 seasons at Chelsea.

Capped 78 times by England, Terry recently rejected a chance to play for Spartak Moscow, saying a move to Russia was not right for his family.

Pitarch formerly held director of football roles at both Valencia and Atletico Madrid, where he oversaw the signings Jose Antonio Reyes and Diego Forlan.

CEO Christian Purslow said: “These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.

“Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.

“The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.