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Dean Smith: Wembley win the undoubted highlight - but not for long!

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Dean Smith: Wembley win the undoubted highlight - but not for long!

Dean Smith picked out that glorious day at Wembley as the highlight of his year in charge of Aston Villa - but stressed that he didn’t want it to be the pinnacle for too long. 

Smith described that 2-1 win over Derby County as “beyond dreams really” and said the overall upward curve is down to a thriving culture at the football club. 

He stressed that exciting environment will create even more memorable moments in the future.


He told Club TV: “You can’t not have the win at Wembley as the highlight of the year - leading Aston Villa out at Wembley. 

“To actually take them back to the Premier League as well – it’s beyond dreams really. 

“I have had so many people say to me that it’s the best day they’ve ever had in their lives. It’s touched a lot of people. 

“But we’re still building and we still want to get better. We don’t want to see that as the highlight. We want to keep going and move forward.

“In terms of the year anniversary itself, it’s gone very quick. I didn’t realise the year was coming up. But it’s been very enjoyable. 

“I have enjoyed every moment of it to be honest – except Wigan away!


“It’s been very, very good. I am learning along the way. The players are learning. We are all learning about each other. 

“There’s a football team that is evolving. I think there’s a club that’s come together. We are all pulling in the same direction. 

“That’s led by the owners and Christian and Suso. They are the ones that set the culture and the values of this football club – and it’s been followed by staff, players and supporters.

“There’s a great feel about the place.”

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 10th October 2019