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Name Dean Smith
Gender Male
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Job xxxx Football Coach
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Club as Player Aston Villa [Head Coach]
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2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Dean Smith has had to build his reputation lower down the league ladder before getting his shot at the Premier League and sees a kindred spirit in Blades boss Chris Wilder] I don’t think there’s any easy way for young English managers to get there. You’ve got to go and work really hard. We’ve both done that and now we’re at the top table which is the Premier League, both wanting our teams to go and perform each week. I notice Chris said yesterday it probably adds a little bit more pressure on both of us being local lads as well because everyone feels they can have a chat with you. I’ve spoken before about going to my local golf club and people asking me about my players and stuff like that so Chris will have exactly the same. But we’ve both been in the game for a long time and know what our jobs are about and it’s going and getting results for the team

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Chelsea midfielder Drinkwater completes loan move to Aston Villa] Danny was a key member of Leicester City’s title-winning team and has represented England so he is a vastly experienced player. He will strengthen our squad significantly

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Tyrone Mings fully supported by Dean Smith for joining Black Lives Matter protest] I wouldn’t necessarily say players can go and do what they want but if someone is passionate about something like Black Lives Matter, and it’s been in the news for everyone, then I fully support him for going and doing what he believes in. One thing I allow my players is the fact they use their common sense and social distance. There have been questions whether he asked for permission - he doesn’t need to ask me for permission to go and stand up for something he believes in, just like my players don’t have to ask me for permission to go to a supermarket where there is as much chance of contracting the virus. You can’t ignore what is happening in the world and we feel strongly about it. We have players who are very passionate about it as well and they have our full support

Timing is never good to lose a parent but he is probably in a better place now because he hadn’t been well for a long time so it was one of those things you have to deal with. He was in the care home when he contracted coronavirus but he was asymptomatic and then three days later we had a call that he had been taken to hospital by paramedics. Obviously it was tough for my mum because she couldn’t see him for 11 weeks. But he ended up coming out to a nursing home and we were allowed to go and see him in our full PPE at the moment he passed

2020 06 15b Retrieve

[Dean Smith says his players are ‘itching’ to get going on Wednesday when they face Sheffield United for the first Premier League game in three months] It is an honour, the eyes of the world will be on us. We’re looking forward to it and we have worked very hard. The players have been itching to get back

[On the substitution rule change] I wasn’t for it. I just believe we started the season with certain rules and now we have changed it. I suppose it helps the clubs with the bigger squads. There was talk to change it because there is more risk of injury but having more subs doesn’t help that. I just wanted it to stay as it was. I think Sheffield United were the same. Having five subs gives us the chance to rotate the squad during the game. It is like being away in a World Cup camp and playing a mini-tournament