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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 kept causing our own downfall”

9 December 2017

Bees Head Coach Dean Smith admitted he was very angry with his side’s second-half showing as Hull City came from behind to take the points in Nigel Adkins’ first game as their Head Coach. After a...

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“We are an attacking team, as are they, so there should be goals”

7 December 2017

Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith is expecting goals when his Bees’ side head to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday to face Hull City. The Tigers, who appointed Nigel Adkins as their new Head Coach this...

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“I thought we saw the game out really well”

2 December 2017

Bees Head Coach Dean Smith was delighted with how his side saw out the game this afternoon as they took the bragging rights at Griffin Park after a 3-1 win over Fulham. The visitors took the lead...

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Dean Smith's 100 game milestone

1 December 2017

Head Coach Dean Smith passed two landmarks this week, notching up 100 games in charge on Monday night and then celebrating his second anniversary at the club yesterday. Take a look back at the best of...

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