New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is being tipped to guide the club back to the Premier League after replacing Steve Bruce.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Smith will be able to turn the club’s stalling season around after his promising start with Brentford.

Yes, Aston Villa should be in the Premier League, but the bottom line is they’re not. They had years and years of warning that they were going to be relegated, and we spoke about continually on this show.

But now it’s a clean sheet with the new manager and his assistant.John Terry knows the club from being there last season and Dean Smith will have his ideas – they just need to get promoted!

Things aren’t going their way, but if you look at the table they’re still only four points off the play-off places.

They weren’t far off last season, so there’s no reason why they can’t do it this season – there’s still a long way to go.

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The Bees are currently seventh in the Championship during the international break, with many hailing the job that Smith did there.

Known for his attacking style of play, Smith is expected to hit the ground running at Villa Park.

After being rejected by Thierry Henry and Rui Faria, Villa turned to the former Brentford man earlier this week.

Smith was confirmed as the new Villa boss on Wednesday night and will spend the international break preparing for his first game in charge against Swansea City.

Villa are currently 15th in the Championship, four points off the play-off positions.

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