After the first half-dozen or so games under Aston Villa Head Coach, Dean Smith, the 2018/19 season was very much alive. After the turmoil of the summer and a managerial sacking, most Villans were happy that it looked like we’d hit the play-offs come the end of the season.
Smith talked about his obsession with automatic promotion, but MOMS was realistic enough to be happy with a realistic shot at the play-offs, considering what had gone on before.
Considering Smith also hadn’t finished higher than 9th in any league table, caution also suggested one should learn to walk before they got too carried away with running.
Fast-forward to February, just weeks away from the period of the season that Steve Bruce used to fondly refer to as, the time when the daffodils start to appear, and it seems Villa have failed to sew their promotion seeds.
Already, on the topic of Smith’s suitability for the job in-hand, ala Brexit or pretty much anything else on social media, we have now seemingly entered the vortex of binary discourse that strangles the potential to discuss anything rationally with any context or nuance.
There are those who bullishly tell you that Smith is 100% the man for the job, that the current squad is cr*p and the Head Coach needs his own players.
They will tell you we don’t need to talk about Dean Smith.
While on the other side, there are those that feel Smith is completely out of his depth, in what is fast becoming one of the most difficult managerial jobs in the English game.
#SmithOut is already in operation.
Three seasons have flown by in the Championship for Villa, and the problem is, it’s easy to now see why this is Leeds 14th season outside the Premier League, why it’s Sheffield Wednesday’s 19th season and Nottingham Forest’s 20th.
So, with that in mind, Villa can’t afford to do anything blindly now and must give everything proper consideration.
In the latest MOMS podcast, we take a proper look at the Dean Smith situation. What does his time at Brentford and Walsall tell us? How does he stack up in terms of expectations compared to previous Villa managers? Is he REALLY the next Brian Little or Martin O’Neill? Or is a more accurate comparison in terms of Villa’s past with Graham Turner?
Smith has made mistakes and we look at whether these ultimately are a concern or something that he will be addressed given time.
Basically, we wanted to have an adult conversation about the direction Smith is going and potentially could go. This podcast episode is just that.
Hopefully, it will provide listeners with some food for thought.
[A long form article on Dean Smith is incoming on this website too].
Listen to the Show
Episode 64 – We Need to Talk About Dean Smith
It’s now just two wins in his last 13 games for Dean Smith at Aston Villa. Is it time to be concerned? Villa now will realistically spend a fourth consecutive season in the Championship. Will there be any more? I think it’s time we talk about Dean Smith.
The second part of the latest MOMS podcast dedicates itself to a big Dean Smith debate, as we discuss recent rather unimpressive performances and results, and look back to signs of concern from his managerial career, so far. Does he ultimately have a lack of pedigree for the Villa task? Does he just need time and a bit more luck? Have some fans been providing false hope about him on social media?
Before David, Dan and Chris get into all matters DS, they also look at the recent games against the Baggies and Smith’s former club, Brentford. They also share their thoughts on the new ‘Part of the Park’ marketing slogan, host a mini ‘Conor Hourihane Show’, pay respects to Gareth Barry, and address racism and toxicity at Villa Park.
Also, outside of the VillaVerse, we look at crazy Italian games, dissolving Franco-Welsh relations and the conclusion of Spygate.
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