Father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith dies after contracting coronavirus

Publish Date : 2021-04-02


Father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith dies after contracting coronavirus

Smith's father Ron had been living in a care home having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago​, according to the football club. ​In a statement, they said he contracted Covid-19 four weeks ago and died in hospital.

Having been appointed head coach in 2018, Smith helped Villa achieve promotion to the Premier League during his first season in charge. His side is 19th in the Premier League with play suspended amid the pandemic.

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'A lifelong supporter, Ron was a steward at Villa Park for many years and passed on his love of the club down to his children,' said a statement on the Villa website.

'As well as being a regular at home games, Ron was also there to witness that greatest of days in May 1982 when Villa lifted the European Cup in Rotterdam.

'The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and would kindly ask for the family's privacy to be respected.'

READ: Footballer reveals abuse he's suffered after speaking out on Premier League restart

Last month, Dolors Sala Carrio, the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, passed away after contracting the coronavirus in Spain.

The UK has suffered the most deadly coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 37,500 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning.

'The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and would kindly ask for the family's privacy to be respected.' Last month, Dolors Sala Carrio, the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, passed away after contracting the coronavirus in Spain. On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning. READ: Footballer reveals abuse he's suffered after speaking out on Premier League restart Smith's father Ron had been living in a care home having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago​, according to the football club. ​In a statement, they said he contracted Covid-19 four weeks ago and died in hospital. Having been appointed head coach in 2018, Smith helped Villa achieve promotion to the Premier League during his first season in charge. His side is 19th in the Premier League with play suspended amid the pandemic. The UK has suffered the most deadly coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 37,500 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. Last month, Dolors Sala Carrio, the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, passed away after contracting the coronavirus in Spain. On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning. On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning. Having been appointed head coach in 2018, Smith helped Villa achieve promotion to the Premier League during his first season in charge. His side is 19th in the Premier League with play suspended amid the pandemic. 'A lifelong supporter, Ron was a steward at Villa Park for many years and passed on his love of the club down to his children,' said a statement on the Villa website. On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning. The UK has suffered the most deadly coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 37,500 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning. Smith's father Ron had been living in a care home having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago​, according to the football club. ​In a statement, they said he contracted Covid-19 four weeks ago and died in hospital. READ: Footballer reveals abuse he's suffered after speaking out on Premier League restart Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features 'The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and would kindly ask for the family's privacy to be respected.' On Wednesday, Premier League shareholders voted unanimously to resume ​contact training in a step towards the league returning. 'The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and would kindly ask for the family's privacy to be respected.' Last month, Dolors Sala Carrio, the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, passed away after contracting the coronavirus in Spain. 'As well as being a regular at home games, Ron was also there to witness that greatest of days in May 1982 when Villa lifted the European Cup in Rotterdam. The UK has suffered the most deadly coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with more than 37,500 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. 'As well as being a regular at home games, Ron was also there to witness that greatest of days in May 1982 when Villa lifted the European Cup in Rotterdam.

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