By Paddy Kenny

30th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit claims 'some managers wouldn't stand for it' after Aston Villa training ground reveal

Dean Smith and Aston Villa are enjoying tremendous success with their new set-piece coach – even if “some managers wouldn’t stand for it”.

So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about recent comments made by the Villa manager.

As per Birmingham Live on 29 September, he revealed set-peice specialist Austin MacPhee has had an “outsanding” impact behind the scenes at Villa.

The Scot was appointed as set-piece coach in Augsut at the behest of sporting director Johan Lange.

Since then, a third of Villa’s nine goals in the Premier League have come from corners or free-kicks.

Kenny admitted that the concept of a set-piece specialist coach is alien to him, but also that they can make a “huge difference” at clubs like Villa.

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“I do find it a little bit strange,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“But with that being said, they are probably not in full-time but it can make a huge difference.

“Set pieces are so important and, financially, I don’t think it would cost a lot of money.

“When I was involved as a coach at Northampton, it was something all of the coaches chipped into.

“But they are looking at differently now in the modern game. They tend to let the coaches focus on their specific areas.

“Some managers wouldn’t stand for it because they like to be pretty hands-on. But as long as it’s working, I can’t see a problem.”

In other news, pundit claims Smith is “being driven nuts” at Aston Villa after Emiliano Martinez latest.