Aston Villa has confirmed that they have wooed Dean Smith from Bretford and also made John Terry an assistant coach.
Smith who supported Villa as a boy became the choice after Thierry Henry began negotiations with French side Monaco.
Villa also announced the arrival of Jesus Garcia Pitarch, formerly of Valencia, as the new sporting director.
Club CEO Christian Purslow said: “These three appointments represent the start of a new era and direction at Aston Villa and we are delighted to secure their services after an extensive search.
“Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship.
We are delighted to announce the appointments of Dean Smith as our new Head Coach, John Terry as Assistant Coach and Jesus Garcia Pitarch as Sporting Director ✍️
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 10, 2018
“The board welcomes him to the club and is looking forward to working with him and his staff.
“John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean.
“And Jesus also brings a huge amount of experience in his particular role having worked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. He will ensure the club has an integrated approach running from the academy through the U23s and into the first-team.”