Smith was talking ahead of Brentford’s early lunchtime kick-off, where the club travel up to Leeds, to take on the Championship leaders.
Smith On Steve Bruce’s Sacking
Smith was speaking after commenting on the recent sacking of Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce, praising Bruce’s impact at Villa.
“It’s a sad day when any manager loses his job and you know some of the reports on what was happening were awful, and my thoughts go out to Steve, who’s done a fantastic job, as I’ve said before.
“He got 84 points last season, which would normally get a team up, and they lost in the play-off final, last year.
“I think he talked about modern society and how it is now, with social media people want immediate results and there’s immediate reaction now.”
“It’s not just Steve who leaves, also his staff who I know really well, Steve Agnew, Collin Calderwood and Steven Clemence.”
Smith On Being Favourite For Villa Job
Among the question on his thoughts of Steve Bruce’s sacking, it was also revealed to Smith that he was the bookies favourite to land the Aston Villa job.
Smith firmly knocked back any speculation, claiming he was “only interested in Brentford.”
“There’s going to be speculation from many people, when they put two and two together and sometimes come up with five.
“My job is Brentford Football Club, and that’s all I’m interested in.
“There’s always going to be speculation, my dad was a steward there, and I was brought up an Aston Villa fan, and I’m not sure they’re going to give Prince William the job, are they?”
However, Smith refused to comment further on being whether he would accept the job, professing his love for Brentford at this current stage.
“I can’t answer that yet because I haven’t been offered it yet, and I don’t think it would be right to because at the moment Brentford Football Club is what I love doing.
“I enjoy coming in every day, it’s a great football club, with great people, so that would be a decision if it came to it, but at the moment it hasn’t, and its only speculation.”
“I was speculated with a lot of clubs in the summer as well, and I’m still here enjoying my job and I’m very happy doing it as well.
Aston Villa and Brentford Comparison
Whilst Aston Villa are linked with Dean Smith, let’s take a look at how his Brentford team have progressed this season so far.
All in all, Brentford have won 17 points from their 11 games so far this season, that’s just two more than Aston Villa have won this season. However, Brentford have drawn five of their 11 games this season, which is one less than Aston Villa, who have drawn six games this season. This season’s tally of 17 points is an increase of eight points from the same stage last season, when Brentford had just nine points after 11 games.
It’s at home where Brentford and Smith’s strengths lie this season, with the club top of the home form table out of all 24 Championship teams. Brentford have won four and drawn two of their six homes games so far this season, scoring the second most in 14 goals, and conceding just five goals.