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Bees boss Dean Smith
Bees boss Dean Smith
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MEET THE BOSS:

After nearly five years in charge of Walsall, Dean Smith upped sticks from the West Midlands and became Brentford head coach in November.

He replaced Marinus Dijkhuizen, who had only been in the charge since the summer. Smith’s association with Walsall had been a long one, with him starting his playing career with the Saddlers, making 142 appearances. After moving on to play for Hereford, Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale, Smith returned to Walsall in 2009 as 
youth-team coach.

MEET THE REF:

After nearly five years in charge of Walsall, Dean Smith upped sticks from the West Midlands and became Brentford head coach in November. He replaced Marinus Dijkhuizen, who had only been in the charge since the summer. Smith’s association with Walsall had been a long one, with him starting his playing career with the Saddlers, making 142 appearances. After moving on to play for Hereford, Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale, Smith returned to Walsall in 2009 as 
youth-team coach.

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