Aston Villa linked to shock move to replace Dean Smith – Reports

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Aston Villa has been linked to a shocking interest in Burnley director Sean Dyche.

Like the rest of the Premier League, Villa is currently locked out and waiting to know when its season will resume.

Dean Smith and his players have a huge task ahead of them with 10 games to save themselves from an instant return to the championship.

Before the Premier League suspension, Villa struggled and lost four trotting games to slide into 19th place.

Smith’s position has inevitably come under scrutiny and, according to The Sun, Villa’s bosses are monitoring Dyche’s situation in Burnley.

Burnley President Mike Garlick has already expressed his own concerns about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on his club’s finances.

The Sun reports that such an interview “sparked talks” with Villa and Crystal Palace, who have kept an eye on what’s going on at Turf Moor in the hope that Dyche might be tempted.

Smith signed a new long-term contract with Villa in December after guiding the club to the promotion of the last quarter.

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