Portuguese media claims Villa to axe Smith; appoint former Benfica boss

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 1:49

Reports from Portugal are claiming that Aston Villa will sack Dean Smith and appoint former Benfica boss Bruno Lage.

Newspaper A Bola claims to have confirmed Sport TV’s news which states that Lage is ‘very close’ to taking charge of the Premier League club.

The report adds that an agreement between Villa and the 44-year-old did not depend on the outcome Premier League surival. Villa secured their place in the top-flight on the final day of the season

Lage has some past experience in the Premier League and in the Championship. He acted as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Speculation has mounted over a return to England after Lage rejected the chance to manage Braga.

A Bola, as cited by SportWitness, claims that super agent Jorge Mendes has been handling the talks. Adding that an official announcement could be made very soon.

The outlet recalls that Villa tried to lure Lage back in October 2018, while O Jogo has followed A Bola’s lead on the proposed deal.

They report that the move for the man who was sacked by Benfica in early July is ‘one step’ away from happening.

The news does appear somewhat harsh on Smith, who guided the club to survival after they earned a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

However, it seems Villa have loftier ambitions than battling relegation. As they prepare for another season of top-flight football.

 

KEANE BLASTS VILLA FOR CELEBRATIONS

Roy Keane has criticised Aston Villa’s players for their “over the top” celebrations as they maintained their Premier League status on Sunday.

Dean Smith’s men drew 1-1 at West Ham, but coupled with Watford’s defeat at Arsenal, meant Villa finished outside the bottom three.

And afterwards the Sky cameras caught the Villa squad’s joyous celebrations in the changing room.

Keane’s reaction though was priceless. He was seen shaking his head, with a look of dismay all over his face.

The former Manchester United skipper also appeared to mutter “Jesus” as he saw the footage. Read more…

 

 

 

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