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Dean Smith: Welcome will be emotional, but then it's game mode

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Dean Smith: Welcome will be emotional, but then it's game mode

New Aston Villa Head Coach Dean Smith says the most emotional moment of his appointment so far will come when he's introduced to a packed crowd of 42,000 at Villa Park this afternoon.

Smith, alongside new assistants Richard O'Kelly and John Terry, oversees proceedings in for the first time since being named as boss 10 days ago.

And the boyhood Villa fan, who cleaned seats in the Holte End, whose father was a long-serving steward at the club and who attended the 1982 European Cup Final in Rotterdam, admits his first touchline walk will be the most sentimental part of his arrival yet.

He said: "My introduction to the crowd will be the emotional bit for me.

"So far, I've tried to take the emotion out of it. Coming here was a rational decision, not an emotional one.

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"It's the one part my family haven't quite got yet, they've almost been looking for that emotion when asking, 'what does it feel like to be Villa Head Coach?'

"Of course it's a proud moment. I've got cousins coming over from as far as the U.S. who want to be here for my first game. I'm really looking forward to all that, of course I am.

"But then I'll get my game head on. I have to ensure the players are right to go and win the game.

"One thing we can't forget is that Swansea City are doing well. They're a tough team and play good football with Graham Potter in charge.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I'm still unbeaten as Head Coach at Villa Park, so long may that continue."

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 20th October 2018