Brentford manager Dean Smith has hinted that he will remain at the club despite attracting interest from West Bromwich Albion in recent weeks, Football.London is reporting.
Smith has described being Brentford manager as a “privilege”, adding that “the grass isn’t always greener” amid links with the West Brom job.
West Brom – who could be relegated from the Premier League tonight if one team wins in the crunch match between Swansea City and Southampton – have considered Smith for the job, as well as Bristol City’s Lee Johnson and current caretaker manager Darren Moore.
But Smith has indicated that he is very happy at Brentford.
Smith said: “It [Brentford] is a good football club and I’m enjoying my time here. On the playing side, I have no idea if we will lose players in the summer, but they have developed as young men individually and as a group. It’s a privilege to be their head coach.”
The Bees finished just shy of the play-offs in the Championship this season and Smith added that sometimes players jump ship prematurely rather than choose to remain at the club.
He added: “If you leave it’s not always rosy and the grass isn’t always greener. There has to be a good reason to leave rather than moving on all the time.
“There’s always going to be speculation about managers or players when a side does well, particularly when it’s a club our size.
“But there is a long-term plan at this club and I’m acutely aware of what I have got here and that is always a big factor. It is a proper family club – in fact I was shocked to see my daughter walk out for the lap of honour with me.”
Smith seems very committed to his job here at Brentford and I cannot see him leaving unless he gets a ridiculous offer elsewhere.
West Brom are a big club and they will be an attractive team for any manager to join if they go down.
But Smith is settled at Brentford and has his players and fans onside as he looks to compete for promotion next year.
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