"Never say never" - Tammy Abraham answers questions regarding potential Aston Villa return

Long-time Chelsea teammates Frank Lampard and John Terry will face off as coaches when Derby County and Aston Villa contest the second-tier League Championship playoff final in a bid to return to the Premier League.

Anwar El Ghazi's 44th minute glancing flick put the Villans ahead before a rick from Derby keeper Kelle Roos gifted John McGinn a second goal.

Villa, who lost in the play-off final last season, join Norwich City and Sheffield United in the Premier League next season.

Derby piled the pressure on towards the end and, after going close through Jayden Bogle and Mason Mount, Jack Marriott's left-footed strike from the centre of the box took a slight deflection into the bottom-left corner off Waghorn. A shot from El Ghazi was blocked high into the air, and Roos went to grab the ball but did so poorly, allowing McGinn to get a touch on it and double the lead.

I am aware that Villa is a top six team in the Championship, minimum.

Of course, the reality is that no club has a divine right to play and succeed at any level of the game, but some clubs really should be too big to fail and Villa - seven times champions of England and European champions in 1982 - certainly fit that category. "It means the world, we all know where this club belongs". I've stayed here and we're back there now. One of their own had led them back to the Premier League.

Villa won 10 straight games from March 2 to April 22 to secure a spot in the playoffs, then beat West Bromwich Albion in the semifinals. Yet manager Smith, a boyhood Villa supporter who arrived from Brentford last October, is confident that Sawiris and Edens will back the club with substantial funds this summer.

"It's important we start the work really quickly [for next season] because the squad is very thin now for next year". The lads are a terrific bunch. At times, they showed a naivety which belies their youthful exuberance, as both Bogle and Tomori - at 18 and 21 respectively - can take their share of fault for the opening goal. I can't even explain to you how happy I am. They have a lot of money and they are in it for the long haul. "The potential now is massive", he said.


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