Dean Smith is an English professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of Premier League club Aston Villa.
He was born on March 19, 1971. His father, Ron, was an Aston Villa supporter, and a steward at Villa Park. Towards the end of his life, Ron Smith suffered from dementia and was not aware that his son had become Aston Villa manager. On the eve of the 2019 play-off final, Dean Smith visited his father and told him “The next time I see you, I’ll be a Premier League manager.”
Ron Smith died on 27 May 2020 after contracting Covid-19.
Ron Smith, the father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, passed away due to COVID-19.
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