Dean Smith wants to bring this specialist to Aston Villa

Dean Smith is considering hiring a set-piece specialist at Aston Villa after hinting that his backroom team is not yet fully complete.

The head coach created a similar role at former club Brentford which helped significantly boost the Bees’ goal tally and also led to national recognition.

Before the most recent World Cup, England assistant Steve Holland visited the Championship innovators to see how they worked on set-plays and their unpredictable routines.

And Smith admits it is something he is considering introducing at Villa.

“They (set pieces) are important,” he said.

“(Hiring a set-piece coach) is something I will discuss with Suso (sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch) and Christian Purslow (CEO) further down the road.

“I have regular meetings with them, giving ideas of how to take the club forward.”

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At Brentford, specialist set-piece coach Gianni Vio was the man to first take on the role before he moved to Leeds United.

Nicolas Jover then stepped up from a performance analyst role in France to take over following Vio’s departure.

“It is quite a rarity in football,” Smith added.

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“Steve Holland came in to Brentford to watch we we did on set-pieces before England went to the World Cup.

“I’m not taking any credit at all for the set-pieces!

“They were just interested to see how that worked.”

Smith is also considering tapping into the advice of rugby players and coaches to help Villa with their training at Bodymoor Heath.

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“It still staggers me that rugby union players have to remember 60 or 70 line-out calls and football players struggle to remember six (instructions) at corners!” Smith laughed.

“It is something, I think, if you can bring someone in from this world and explain why they do it, that will certainly help.”