'Everything is there' - Exclusive: Alan Hutton claims 2018 arrival could become Villa legend
Alan Hutton claims that everything is in place for Dean Smith to become a club legend at Aston Villa after his first year with the Villans.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland defender, who only left the midlands giants this summer, says that the manager has made a huge difference both on and off the field.
The former Brentford boss celebrated his year anniversary at Villa on Thursday, having replaced Steve Bruce as the manager at his boyhood club.
Having helped Smith and Villa seal promotion back to the Premier League last season, Hutton says that his old manager could quite easily write his name into the history books at Villa Park if he continues to do what he has been doing.
Speaking of Smith’s affiliation with Villa before being appointed manager, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that was one of the big things when he first came in, it gave everybody a lift. Not just the players but the fans, the staff – they know he’s one of their own. He was a breath of fresh air and he had the backing of everyone from day one.
“Everything is there in place (for him to become a club legend) – the training ground, the stadium, the fanbase – everything is there, the money, they’ve backed him with the money.
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“It’s just about continuing to work and progressing what he’s done so far from the Championship to now. It’s obviously a learning curve for him as well as a lot of the players, they’re growing into it, shall we say.”
Smith has taken charge of 48 matches during his time as Villa boss, winning 24, drawing 12 and losing 12, which included the longest run of consecutive wins in the club’s history last season.
The Villans have won two of their opening eight games in the Premier League since returning to the top flight, including an emphatic 5-1 thrashing of Norwich in their last outing.
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