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Dean Smith Leaves Brentford To Take Aston Villa Job

Bees head coach, Dean Smith, has announced this evening that he will be leaving Brentford to take up the vacant Aston Villa job, with John Terry becoming his number two at Villa Park. The situation changed somewhat on Wednesday after Villa were snubbed by several candidates, including Thierry Henry, Rui Faria and Brendan Rogers, before offering Smith the job.
Aston Villa are believed to have paid around £300k in compensation to Brentford to buy Smith out of his contract, and although there is no news at this stage as to whether Richard O?Kelly will be following his boss to Villa, the club have announced that Thomas Frank, the Bees? Assistant Head Coach, will be taking training for the time being.
Putting our hands up, Beesotted heard from one of our sources with very good ins at Villa last Thursday (5 Oct – ironically the evening after the press conference when Smith refuted moving from Brentford – sort of) who told that Smith had made it known to Villa (somehow) that he wanted the job. At the time, Villa were looking elsewhere. But we decided to hold it down/ignore it. His odds had dropped to about 16/1 from favourite at that stage. And we thought that Villa would have got their man elsewhere. We discussed Dean Smith possibly leaving Brentford on our pre Leeds podcast (below – 31 min 20 sec) last week just before we had been given that news. With no Championship fixture until Bristol City...
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