Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place 2 Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off “But he’s taken to it like a duck to water, he’s really enjoying it and he knows the players, so he knows their positives and some things they can work on as well.“His relationship with the team is really good.”Smith also insisted he is not daunted by his task at Villa Park and is determined to see his beloved club push for promotion this season, despite their poor start. REPLY Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer stalemate Dean Smith has insisted Premier League promotion is the aim as he prepares for his first game as Aston Villa’s new manager this weekend.He also admitted assistant John Terry was ‘a little bit nervous’ during his first week in his new role, but says he has taken to coaching ‘like a duck to water’.The newly-appointed Villa manager joined talkSPORT Jim White on Friday for an EXCLUSIVE chat ahead of Saturday’s clash against Swansea – his first game in charge.Smith – a boyhood Villans fan – was appointed as successor to Steve Bruce last week, after the veteran gaffer was sacked following a poor start to the season.Last season’s club captain Terry was named as his assistant, and Smith offered a behind the scenes glimpse into their first week of their new job as they look to salvage Villa’s season. “It’s been brilliant, we’ve got a great relationship,” said Smith ahead of first-team training on Friday.“John is very enthusiastic, a great learner, asks loads of question and he just wants to start his apprenticeship as a first team coach.“I’m quite flattered he’s chosen me to get his tutelage from.“I think he’s excited about the job. It’s been his first couple of days on the training ground in front of players who he played with last season, so he was probably a little bit nervous and he’ll be the first to admit that. goalless Latest Championship news ROUND-UP John Terry captained the Villans last season under Steve Bruce Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 EFL result GREAT NEWS Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Birmingham boy Smith left Brentford to take over at his boyhood club, with Terry working as a first-team coach Villa currently sit 15th after claiming just three wins in 12 games under Bruce this season, but Smith believes there are enough points up for grabs to see them push for a top spot.“Promotion has to be the aim, that’s our aim from the outset,” he added.“I don’t think it’s insurmountable this season.“We’re only 12 games in, we’ve almost got a full Premier League season to work with, so there’s a lot of points to play for and we’ll certaibly be aiming to get in that mix.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s EXCLUSIVE interview with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith IN FULL above!