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What Jack Grealish told Dean Smith after finding out he was being sacked

Jack Grealish jumps ship

Manchester City broke the British transfer record to prise Birmingham boy Jack Grealish away from boyhood club Aston Villa in the summer, paying 100 million pounds for his services.

While Villa have reinvested that money into their squad, signing Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia for a combined 100 million pounds, the trio have been unable to take the pitch together too often.

As a result, the midlands club have suffered badly. Of their 11 games this season, they have lost 7, including their last 5 in a row, which sees them currently sit in 16th place on ten points, two points clear of the relegation zone. For a club that have European aspirations this season, it is unacceptable.

Dean Smith sacked and Grealish sends message

With this in mind, news broke yesterday that Aston Villa had parted ways with Dean Smith after three years in charge.

The club have decided to use the upcoming international break to hunt for a new manager, with Steven Gerrard among several candidates, as per The Athletic.

While the current squad were allegedly “gutted” at the news, so too was former player Grealish, who worked with Smith for two of his three years in charge.

Despite now working under managerial legend Pep Guardiola, Grealish took to social media to describe Smith as the “greatest of all time” when it came to management. High praise indeed from the most expensive ever Brit.

It remains to be seen whether a new manager will be able to turn their fortunes around, but Smith will be remembered fondly at Villa Park nonetheless.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 11 23 26
2 Manchester City 11 16 23
3 Liverpool FC 10 21 22
4 West Ham United 10 9 20
5 Manchester United 11 2 17
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 0 17
7 Arsenal FC 10 -1 17
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 -1 16
9 Crystal Palace 11 1 15
10 Tottenham Hotspur 10 -7 15
11 Everton FC 10 0 14
12 Leicester City 10 -2 14
13 Southampton FC 11 -2 14
14 Brentford FC 11 -1 12
15 Aston Villa 11 -6 10
16 Watford FC 10 -6 10
17 Leeds United 10 -7 10
18 Burnley FC 11 -6 8
19 Newcastle United 11 -12 5
20 Norwich City 11 -21 5
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4

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