as reported by the birmingham mail,
Aston Villa have found the men they hope guide them back to the Premier League.
On Wednesday night they named Dean Smith as Steve Bruce’s replacement – with John Terry also returning to the club as a coach.
The appointment comes on the back of last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Millwall – and ahead of the home match with Swansea on Saturday week.
What has that appointment done to Villa’s chances in the eyes of the bookmakers, as regards to promotion and relegation?
Here’s the latest betting on Villa’s prospects – starting with their chances of winning the Championship title.
The next game – Swansea (h)
Villa win – Evs
Draw – 11/5
Swansea win – 3/1
New Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith SEASON ODDS To win the Championship (favourites, Sky Bet)
West Brom 2/1
Sheffield Utd 5/1
Nottingham Forest 25/1
Aston Villa 25/1
Summary: Villa have gone from 16/1 shots to 25/1 to win the league – more as a result of that defeat at The New Den.
Aston Villa’s new management team Promotion (selected – Bet 365)
West Brom 4/5
Sheffield Utd 7/4
Aston Villa 5/1
Nottingham Forest 11/2
Summary: Villa’s promotion chances have slipped slightly from 4/1 before the Millwall game.
Relegation (William Hill)