By Alex McLeish

6th Nov, 2021 | 11:00am

Aston Villa board fears could lead to Smith exit as Terry move lined up - McLeish

Alex McLeish has suggested the Aston Villa board are “nervous” about getting dragged into a relegation fight under Dean Smith.

The former Villa boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Villans have failed to find their rhythm this season.

A Villa source told Football Insider (4th November) Smith is fighting for his job after his team slumped to their fifth consecutive defeat on Friday night.

It is understood the Villa board will sound out former coach John Terry as a potential replacement if Smith is sacked.

McLeish admitted there would be some fears of a possible relegation battle at Villa Park.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “A couple years ago they were struggling a wee bit. They just stayed up on the very last game.

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“That was a great lifeline. It allowed them to spend a lot of money last season. Last season they were excellent. They looked like a team ready to stay the Premier League for the foreseeable future.

“There’ll be a little bit of nervousness about the club with the run they’ve had. I do believe they’ve got enough to stay up.

“I would think they should climb the table again. They have spent a few bob and even this season, they’ve reinvested again.

“I feel they’ve got the players that are capable of keeping them up and getting them into a more secure position.

“I know clubs like Man City do a lot of rotation but if they’ve got their top players missing, it’s a problem. It can be a problem.

“I guess Dean Smith will be wanting to put his strongest team as possible out every week.

“They’ve not quite got that rhythm at that minute. Possibly, the top players that are normally first choice every week, there’s a wee wobble at the moment.”

Terry left Villa Park this summer after just under three years as a first-team coach.

Villa currently sit 15th in the table, three points off the drop zone.

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