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.
Head Coach Dean Smith was left frustrated on Tuesday night, but is looking ahead to the rest of the season with optimism. He sat down with the press on Thursday to discuss the weekend's action.
Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith was at a loss to explain how his side failed to take all three points from tonight’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Bristol City at Griffin Park. The visitors, who took an early lead through Josh Brownhill, were second-best for most of the match but snatched a dramatic point eight minutes into injury-time, after Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay had netted for The Bees. Brentford had 24 shots to City’s eight but in the end had to settle for just the solitary point.
Dean Smith is looking to get Brentford up and running with the team's first three points of the 2017/18 season at home this weekend.