New Aston Villa manager brings his own assistant as Terry remain in doubt

New Aston Villa manager brings his own assistant as Terry remain in doubt

- Dean Smith has brought along his own assistant to resume at Aston Villa

- John Terry was earlier announced to assist the incoming Brentford manager

- Smith and his new assistant David O'Kelly have worked together at Brentford

John Terry's role assistant at Aston Villa has been thrown into confusion after new manager Dean Smith appointed his own assistant manager.

Richard O'Kelly will join Smith's coaching staff as his number two man after both of them worked as employees of Brentford.

Villa ended their search for a new manager after the departure of Steve Bruce as talks were held with Thierry Henry, Brendan Ridgers and Rui Faria.

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According to The Times, Terry was linked to take over as manager but because the former Chelsea star does not have a UEFA A Licence, he was turned down.

The veteran centre-back who spent last season on loan at Upton Park will now need to clarify where he stands in Smith's plans.

Smith and his assistant O'Kelly worked together at Walsall before the pair moved to Brentford.

The duo have had successful working relationship at Griffith Park when they introduced an entertaining brand to the game.

O'Kelly's has not been officially announced because Villa wanted to promote Terry's appointment.

However, O'Kelly is expected to be unveiled shortly as when Smith's managerial career at Upton Park gets underway.

Being a life-long supporter of Villa, Smith was born and raised in the Midlands and it cost the club £500,000 to hire him.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Championship side Aston Villa have announced Dean Smith as new head coach and will be assisted by John Terry.

Smith agreed to join Villa from Brentford to replace departed Steve Bruce while Terry who recently announced his retirement from football will be number two.

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