On Thursday, Dean Smith celebrated one year in charge of Aston Villa.
And what a 12 months it has been! When he joined the club at the start of October, with former Chelsea captain John Terry as his assistant, the Villans were 15th in the Championship table and had won just three of their first 12 games of the campaign.
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However, by the time the 46 matches were done and dusted, the Midlands outfit had risen to fifth in the table to make it into the play-offs, giving themselves a chance of promotion.
That is just what they earned, beating Derby County in the final at Wembley to make it to the promised land. They currently sit in 15th place in the top tier.
As you would expect, the club’s Twitter page paid homage to the 48-year-old on the anniversary, and it gave the team’s supporters the perfect opportunity to share their love for their boss.
You can see some of the best comments from the social media platform below.
Best thing to happen to the club in years
— Joe (@AvGrant1) October 10, 2019
What a year indeed and boy he got an eye for talent by signing that Nakamba lad
— Shava (@DylsMapfy) October 10, 2019
What a man? pic.twitter.com/TVRXoM3Ugt
— Callum (@_Callumgordon) October 10, 2019
— Lewis Price (@Lewis__Price_) October 10, 2019
Deano is a man who ‘gets it’, he’s one of us! Not only has he unlocked the potential of the team which we knew we had, he’s reconnected us with our football club ? pic.twitter.com/wbbdxkRdT6
— Jay (@avfc_jay) October 10, 2019
Been a wonderful year under dean let’s hope it continues cheers deano ⚽️?
— roy murphy (@roymurphy64) October 10, 2019
The most important signing we have made in years. Can’t imagine the Villa without him.
— Brian Ellison (@ellison1604) October 10, 2019
Lord Deano?? pic.twitter.com/Yr6QEkjLKX
— MrAVFClive (@PrideOfMids) October 10, 2019