Villa reward Smith with new deal

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Dean Smith says Aston Villa showed their "togetherness" in getting the better of Everton on Friday and now wants them to kick on.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Smith is now under contract until 2023 and he is delighted to have agreed fresh terms at Villa Park.

“I’m really happy to have committed my long term future to the Club,” he told the club website. “I’m looking forward to all the challenges that come with re-establishing Aston Villa as a top Premier League club.”

Smith, a boyhood Villa fan, joined the Midlands outfit in October last year and led them to promotion via the play-offs in his first campaign in charge, with Villa overcoming Derby County 2-1 in the final at Wembley in May.

The former Brentford boss has won 26 of his 54 games in charge of Villa and they have made a strong start this year.

Villa have picked up 14 points from 13 games so far, with four wins in the Premier League, and they sit in 14th spot, four points clear of the drop zone and just five adrift of Wolves in fifth.

The Villans backed Smith heavily in the summer transfer market and are expected to hand him funds for further additions in the winter window.

CEO Christian Purslow welcomed Smith’s new deal and he is convinced the club will continue to grow under his guidance.

He said: “The Board is delighted that Dean has signed a new four-year contract which puts him at the heart of the Club’s long term rebuilding plans.”

Villa travel to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday as they bid to record back-to-back victories, having claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the last round of fixtures.