Smith was announced as the new Aston Villa boss on Wednesday evening.

The 47-year-old leaves fellow Championship side Brentford and replaces Steve Bruce, who was sacked by Villa last week.

Smith was immediately one of the favourites for the job when Bruce was given the axe after impressing in his three years at Griffin Park.

However, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was also in the running and McCoist thought he was set for the job.

Henry, though, ruled himself out earlier this week and now looks set to take his first managerial role at his former side Monaco.

And despite being surprised, McCoist is delighted for Smith to be given a chance with his boyhood club.

“I didn’t see Dean Smith getting the job, I must admit,” McCoist said on talkSPORT.

“I know (he was favourite) but I just think everybody went obviously with the name of Henry. But I have to say, I’m delighted with it.

“I’m really absolutely delighted with it. Absolutely (it is a shame for Brentford).

“He’ll be absolutely desperate to make this a success clearly.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity because if you look at Villa and they have been sleeping for years and years and years.

“I was looking at the league table as well, they’re not that far off the play off positions.”

Smith will be assisted by Chelsea legend John Terry.

Terry spent last season at Aston Villa, helping them reach the Championship play-off final.

Villa are 15th in the table after 12 games having just won three times.

Swansea are Smith’s first test after the international break on October 20 at Villa Park.