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Dean Smith appointment as the new head coach of Aston Vill has Brentford fans looking to the future and a change of management in the dugout.

With the Bees currently in seventh place in the Championship, they remain in a strong position after a bright start to the season.

In the short-term, Thomas Frank will step up from his role as assistant manager to take command of the first team.

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The Dane is the favourite to succeed Smith on a permanent basis and it will be his job to ensure Brentford’s key players such as Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay continue to deliver in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Not for the first time, the Bees are able to boast a number of talented individuals and match-winners capable of scaring any opponent in the Championship.

Dean Smith (Image: Paul Burgman)

It is through talent spotting and coaching that they are able to compete in the richest second division in world football with one of the lowest budgets outside of the relegation battle.

Unfortunately, in the past this has led to clubs with greater resources taking advantage of their situation. Last summer, Birmingham City signed no less than three first team players, including star forward Jota.

Smith knows the Brentford squad inside out. The concern is that their former head coach will return to strip his former side for a promotion push of his own, in charge of one of the biggest clubs

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