Dean Smith replacement: 3-time league-winning manager 'could revitalise' Aston Villa

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow

Paulo Fonseca could revitalise Aston Villa if he is named as Dean Smith’s successor, according to Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield.

Villa have been consigned to five Premier League defeats on the spin and it has resulted in Smith being sacked earlier today.

What’s the latest news involving Fonseca?

Reports suggest Fonseca has already been sounded out by the Villa hierarchy over potentially replacing Smith at the helm.

The club are on the lookout for a new boss after Smith was relieved of his duties this afternoon, with chief executive Christian Purslow insisting the board feel a change in management is needed now in order to allow a new chief to have the chance to make a telling impact.

Villa is not the first Premier League job Fonseca has been linked with in recent months as he held discussions with Tottenham Hotspur before talks broke down during the summer.

The 48-year-old was also a leading contender for the Newcastle United job after Steve Bruce left St James’ Park by mutual consent last month.

However, it became clear that the Portuguese was no longer in the running to succeed Bruce as it was initially claimed that had Unai Emery become the frontrunner, with Eddie Howe the only other applicant still in with a chance of taking charge of the Magpies.

But the Tyneside club were then dealt a blow when Emery opted to snub a switch to St James’ Park in favour of remaining at Villarreal, resulting in the Tyneside club turning towards Howe.

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What has Luke Hatfield said about Fonseca?

Smith enjoyed some high points since being appointed as Villa’s head coach three years ago, namely guiding his boyhood club to promotion during his first season at the helm.

But Hatfield believes Fonseca could bring a change in Villa’s fortunes after going more than a month without a win.

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The journalist feels Fonseca could be the right man to take Villa forward.

Hatfield told GIVEMESPORT: “He could be a manager who could maybe revitalise Villa after not getting results and Dean Smith ending up leaving.”

How has Fonseca performed elsewhere?

Fonseca has managed the likes of Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto during an impressive career which has seen him win 261 of his 453 matches at the helm.

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The Portuguese has been out of work since departing Roma at the end of last season, where he enjoyed 53 victories.

It is in the Ukraine where he enjoyed the majority of his success, having led Shakhtar Donetsk to seven trophies, including the title on three occasions.

Fonseca also suffered just 18 defeats during his 139-match reign, showing he would bring a winning mentality to Villa Park if he succeeds Smith.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who played under Fonseca at Roma, has claimed that the Portuguese is ‘similar’ to Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel.

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