Aston Villa manager Dean Smith


Alan Hutton has revealed that Aston Villa manager Dean Smith would have given Anwar El Ghazi and Tyrone Mings five minutes to clear the air in the dressing room after their confrontation versus West Ham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa defender, who played alongside both Mings and El Ghazi under Smith last season, says that the manager gives the players time to themselves at half-time before joining them in the dressing room.

The two Aston Villa stars came together in the first-half against the Hammers, with El Ghazi pushing his head towards Mings after the defender had rollicked the winger for his lack of defensive contribution.

Hutton says that the players are likely to have sorted out the situation before Smith stepped into the dressing room, insisting that the squad at Villa Park are the sort of characters who can deal with things without the manager.

“I actually think the group of players they’ve got are a group and I think it would have been sorted,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“Normally at half-time Dean Smith gives the players five minutes on their own to talk about whatever they want to talk about, sort out any problems and then he’d come and say: ‘This is what’s happening, this is what we need to do and then go over it.

“I actually believe it would have been sorted before Dean Smith came in the changing room.”

While El Ghazi escaped punishment from the officials for his behaviour, West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku saw red for picking up two yellow cards, although the Villans were unable to capitalise on their extra man as they played out a 0-0 draw.

The Villans’ next game sees them take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners looking to pick up their first Premier League win in four games.

In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has told Football Insider that one Villa star could damage any Premier League side with his talent.