By Gabriel Agbonlahor

10th Nov, 2021 | 6:32pm

Aston Villa fans told home truths by Agbonlahor after what he's heard about Smith

Aston Villa fans cannot demand loyalty from players after they turned on Dean Smith.

That is the view of Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Smith’s three-year reign came to an end at the weekend.

Villa sacked the 50-year-old after his side suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in the Premier League.

He had guided his boyhood club from Championship obscurity to an 11th place finish in the Premier League last season.

“I think he deserved more time,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I actually felt this would happen when Spurs sacked Nuno Espirito Santo. They were five points ahead of us when they sacked him.

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“I had a feeling the board would see that and then see where Villa are. The Southampton game was the last chance. If they had won that game, I think he would have been fine.

“Sometimes, clubs are too quick to panic. Dean Smith would have got the job done. He’s been unlucky with injuries.

“I thought he had credit in the bank, it wasn’t panic stations yet. If it was Christmas time and you were seven points adrift of 17th, I would understand.

“It was very harsh on Dean Smith. Everyday he’ll be thinking ‘I could’ve turned this around’.

“There was a small section of Villa fans that were demanding he was sacked. They are quick to forget what he has done for the club. He brought them up with a record unbeaten run. Kept them up and then had a great season last season.

“When the going gets tough, fans are too quick to get rid of you. Fans want players to be loyal but some fans aren’t loyal themselves to players. 

“It’s five games in a row lost. If you look at the games, they should have beaten Wolves for one. Before that, they beat Man United and Everton.

“I just feel sometimes with fans, it’s got to work both ways.”

In other news, Aston Villa are confident of appointing Smith’s successor by Sunday.