villa boss reacts to winning promotion

08:30    28 May 2019

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Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith believes the club deserve to play in England's top tier.

Smith, 48, guided the Birmingham-based club back to the English Premier League with a 2-1 win over Derby County in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday.

Having come so close 12 months ago, Villa struggled at the start of the season. This prompted a change in manager with former Brentford boss, Smith, appointed as Steve Bruce's successor in October.

The decision paid off as Villa won a club-record 10 consecutive league games in March and April on their way to booking a place in the play-offs.

Villa promoted to the Premier League

"It feels right we are a Premier League club because of the history and the fan base that we have," Smith, a boyhood Villa fan, said as per BBC Sport.

"The club has gone through some hard years and losing here in last season's final was tough."

He continued: "I don't know how it feels yet.

"The emotions came when I saw my family crying in the stands. It was a life-changing decision for me to come to this club.

"I isolated my feelings and was calm today. We had been playing must-win games for the past 15."

Winning promotion to the Premier League is with an estimated £170 million.

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