Kevin Phillips has urged Aston Villa to keep faith in Dean Smith even if they suffer relegation this season.

The former Claret and Blue, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 49-year-old’s job is in no “immediate danger” despite Villa deep in a relegation battle and struggling for form.

Last month Football Insider revealed that the club were on the brink of sacking Smith following four consecutive league defeats.

The outcome of the Chelsea’s visit to Villa Park was to have severe repercussions for the gaffer but the fixture was the first of many postponed amid the Coronavirus.

Villa are two points adrift of safety in 19th but have a game in hand over their relegation rivals having played in the League Cup final.

When asked by Football Insider if Smith’s future is still in doubt, Phillips said: “I do not see Dean being in immediate danger, otherwise it would have happened by now.

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“I am sure Dean will be there until the end of the season.

“If they go down, he has got the experience to bring them back up. He has already done it so why would you get rid?

“I hope that they do not pay any attention to the media and stick with Dean whatever league they are in next season.

“If it does not start well next year something might happen but for the time being, like Steve Bruce, I do not want to see our English managers lose their jobs.”

Smith still has three years remaining on his contract in the West Midlands.

Newcastle United and former Villa manager Bruce, is facing great uncertainty over his position at St. James Park if the prospective PCP Partners takeover is completed.

In other Aston Villa news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider West Ham will have an eye on Villa midfiedler.