'It's the right challenge for me': Former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith on how his leftfield MLS move came about

Dean Smith, manager of Leicester City, during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James Park on May 22, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images) Aston Villa
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Former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has explained that his family played a huge role in his decision to move to MLS this season, despite the appointment coming as a surprise to many. 

North Carolina side Charlotte FC appointed Smith in December 2023, despite the Englishman having no prior experience of working in MLS. Half-a-year earlier he had just been relegated from the Premier League with Leicester City, and left waiting for his next opportunity.

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