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Aston Villa have been utterly “disrespectful” to manager Dean Smith by even considering replacing him with Steven Gerrard.

That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that Villa have a “strong interest” in Gerrard ahead of the summer.

Gerrard is riding the crest of a wave after steering Rangers towards a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.

But Smith‘s stock is also high with Villa in the top half of the Premier League table and boasting the third-best defensive record in the division.

Kenny was thoroughly unimpressed with the timing of the Gerrard reveal, going as far as to say that he hopes Villa suffer next season as a result.

“I do think it’s disrespectful,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“If I was Dean Smith, I’d be disappointed this has come out. It’s got to have come from somewhere, hasn’t it?

“He’s done an unbelievable job there so why would they even be thinking about replacing him?

“Whenever I see something like this, I always think: ‘Well, I hope you struggle next season.’

“They were in the Championship when he took over and he’s managed to get them promoted, keep them up the next season and then done really well this season as well.”

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Smith was appointed head coach at Villa in 2018 after spells with Walsall and Brentford.

His side has excelled in 2020-21 after surviving relegation on the final day of the season last term.

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