Aston Villa ‘eye up swoop for Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand with pressure mounting on under-fire manager Dean Smith’ after suffering fifth straight loss
- Aston Villa have set their sights on Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand
- Villa suffered their fifth consecutive defeat against Southampton on Friday
- Dean Smith is under pressure and he could face the sack if results don’t improve
Aston Villa have reportedly set their sights on Denmark’s Kasper Hjulmand, with a view to hiring him as their new manager.
The Villans suffered their fifth consecutive loss against Southampton on Friday, leaving them two points above the relegation zone and Dean Smith under huge pressure.
Hjulmand is on the ‘watch list’ of future managers should Smith be fired if results don’t pick-up after the international break.
Denmark’s Kasper Hjulmand is is being considered as the next manager of Aston Villa
Hjulmand (left) led Denmark to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 earlier this summer
According to The Sun, the Dane’s potential and brand of football has admirers at Villa and could be the favourite to take-over from Smith.
Hjulmand took over as Denmark’s manager in 2020 and he led the nation to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, despite playing in difficult circumstances due to Christian Eriksen’s health issues.
The 49-year-old does also have experience of managing a side in Europe’s top leagues. He had a short spell as manager of German side Mainz after succeeding Thomas Tuchel in May 2014.
But he was sacked nine months into the job after picking up just one win from 13 games.
Dean Smith is under increased pressure after his side lost their fifth consecutive game
When asked if he’s confident he’ll be given time to fix Villa’s slump, Smith said on Friday night: ‘I am very confident if given time that we will turn it around with the squad we have got, and the payers we have got coming back (from injury).
‘I feel disappointed obviously. I think we have got a strong squad here, at the moment we are struggling a little it with injuries.
‘Five defeats seems to have come from nowhere a little bit. There have been some tight games, poor decisions go against us, but the lads left everything out there today and you can see their support and how they wanted to get a result today.’
Friday’s result has left Villa 15th, two points above the relegations. They will take-on Brighton after the upcoming international break.