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Impressive Championship boss emerges as contender for West Brom manager’s job



The Sun are reporting that Brentford boss Dean Smith is amongst the front-runners to replace Alan Pardew at West Brom.

Pardew was sacked on Sunday after a woeful spell at the Hawthorns in which they won just once. They’ve sunk to the bottom of the Premier League and look certain to be relegated at the end of the season.

Dean Smith has experienced relative success in his tenure as manager at Griffin Park, guiding Brentford to 11th in the Championship table, just five points outside the play offs. Yesterday they beat promotion rivals Bristol City 1-0 to keep their slim play off hopes alive.

Former Baggies player Michael Appleton is also in the frame to replace the hapless Pardew, he’s currently Claude Puel’s assistant at Leicester City, but has previously managed Oxford United as well as Blackburn Rovers.

47-year old Smith has been in charge of Brentford since November 2015, having spent four years at Walsall. He took over after Marinus Dijkhuizen and Lee Carsley had brief spells as ‘Head Coach’, following the resignation of Mark Warburton.

He guided the Bees to ninth place in his first season and tenth in the last campaign.

The Verdict

Smith has certainly done a great job at Brentford, they operate on the second smallest average attendance in the division and are one of only a few top ten Championship clubs not to have played Premier League football.

He repeatedly sold players for profits, ensuring the club are not only a success on the pitch, but financially viable off it.

It’s about time an up and coming manager was mentioned in relation to a vacant job, rather than just rehashing the same old names.