I havent read anything like that. Smith did great last year, wasnt perfect but you cant knock the guy who got us promoted, it's a memory that will link smith and Villa with the fans forever. That can never be taken away.
BUT I dont want to go back to the championship and with Smith in charge during this PL season, we are going straight back there. I would be far more behind Smith if he changed things around, made sensible subs with time enough left in the game to have an impact, drop players who aren't performing, anything really. He is very stubborn and has very thin skin when it comes to people questioning his tactics. But I do like the bloke.
I support Aston Villa not Dean Smith. IMO, Smith isnt good enough to keep us up. If he loses to Norwich I'd be looking for a successor. If he gets points on the board and gets some effective reinforcements in in Jan then great but his tactics and subs will still be the same. He isnt willing to change things that enough is clear.
I'd take Rafa tomorrow. That doesn't mean I hate Smith, he will always be a Villa legend for last season alone.