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Head Coach

Dean Smith was appointed Brentford manager in November 2015, joining from Walsall.

As a player, Dean was a centre-back who made over 550 appearances in the league. He started his career at Walsall before moving to Hereford United, Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday and finally Port Vale.

Moving into coaching with Orient, he was assistant manager until 2009. He was then appointed Head of Youth Development by Walsall, eventually going on to take the hot seat as Manager at the start of 2011. He took The Saddlers to the 2015 Football League Trophy Final, the Club's first appearance at Wembley Stadium.

In November 2015, Dean and assistant Richard O'Kelly signed contracts with The Bees. A ninth place finish in his first season was followed up by 10th in 2016/17.

Latest News


“We are in a very good place at the moment”

20 February 2018

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith hailed an excellent all-round performance from his team after they put in a five-star showing against Birmingham City at Griffin Park this evening. Ollie Watkins and...

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Dean Smith: 'First half we were outstanding'

17 February 2018

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith was in a good mood following Brentford's 2-0 win over Sunderland in the North East.

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Dean: “There’s plenty to play for”

15 February 2018

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“We should be walking away with three points”

10 February 2018

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith was left frustrated at full-time as his side were held at home by ten-man Preston North End this afternoon.

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