Brentford Football Club Head Coach Dean Smith has left to take up the same position at Aston Villa. Dean has been at Griffin Park since November 2015 and leaves just a few weeks short of his third anniversary with The Bees. Dean brought Richard O’Kelly with him to Brentford when he joined in 2015 and Richard’s position will be clarified in the coming days. Thomas Frank, who has worked as Assistant Head Coach at the Club since December 2016, will take training tomorrow, Thursday 11 October, before the First Team group have a planned weekend off with no Sky Bet Championship fixtures taking place.
Dean left Walsall to join Brentford having been with the League One club, where he also started a 16-year playing career, in a coaching capacity for more than six years. He was Manager at Walsall for almost five years and worked with Richard there for three-and-a-half-years. The Brentford job was Dean’s second managerial role and he took on the role after being promoted from Head of Youth at Walsall having previously worked as a coach at various levels at Leyton Orient for four years.
Dean leaves with Brentford seventh in the Sky Bet Championship having won four of 12 games so far this season, losing just two. Villa are three points and eight places worse off than The Bees and have been without a boss since Steve Bruce left his position last week. Dean took charge of 143 Brentford games in all competitions, winning 57 of them and losing 51. Brentford Football Club would like to record its thanks for all the hard work done by Dean during his time at Griffin Park.
Brentford FC will make a further announcement on the First Team coaching structure in due course but can confirm that the fans forum will take place tomorrow as planned.