By Danny Mills

9th Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Mills hits out at Aston Villa chiefs after source's Smith reveal

Danny Mills has insisted Dean Smith should be under pressure to keep his job at Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender warned club chiefs to “not get carried away” with “pushing on”.

A Villa source told Football Insider on September 14 Smith was coming under increased pressure and had to turn it around before the October international break after a slow start to the season.

Since then, Villa recorded impressive wins over Everton and Man United before their narrow defeat to Tottenham just before the break.

“I don’t think he had anything to prove in the first place,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“There was a big turnaround of players in the summer.

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“He lost John Terry as well, which clearly didn’t help and was unsettling behind the scenes.

“You lose your superstar and bring in five new players. That just doesn’t happen immediately. It’s difficult to make that transition instantaneously so it will take time.

“Once you’ve done that, made those changes and moved Jack Grealish on, you can’t even think about changing the manager until the end of the season. Only then it’s if you’ve had a bad season.

“For Villa to finish mid-table and have some good results would make it a good season.

“You can’t get carried away with ‘We now need to push on’. Everybody’s saying that. Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, Spurs, Leicester, Wolves are all saying ‘We need to push on’. You can’t all finish sixth, seventh, eighth.

“Villa will grow in confidence, it’s only been a handful of games into the new season. We often say it takes six or seven games to get up to match speed and get that fitness right, especially after the Euros.

“There should be no questions whatsoever on Dean Smith.”

In other news, Aston Villa have set their sights on signing an EFL colossus and a January bid is expected.