Brentford head coach Dean Smith has signed a one-year contract extension with the club as confirmed by the club website.

The 45-year-old was appointed as the manager of the Bees in 2015 after the West London club were struggling following an early season sacking previous boss Marinus Dijkhuizen. And with Smith coming in on the back of a very impressive stint with Walsall where he set them up to eventually get into the Sky Bet League One play-off spots, he was able to add more energy into Brentford’s season and they finished 9th in the Sky Bet Championship.

And now with Brentford currently sitting 13th in the Championship, the board of the club have given Smith and his assistant Richard O’Kelly a massive statement of confidence by giving them one-year contract extensions. Their previous deal had some time to run as it would only expire in 2018 but now they have extra security now they have a contract that will last until 2019.

After the contract was signed, Co-Director of Football Phil Giles said:

“It is great news for the Club that both Dean and Richard are fully committed for the long-term. It’s no secret that 2015 was an up and down year for Brentford, but their arrival helped us to bring some stability and allowed us to concentrate on building some solid foundations for the future. In particular, we have reviewed our development model for younger players and continued to build a First Team squad of talented young players on long-term contracts.

“Some of our performances this season have been excellent. With continued stability and development of the squad I’m confident that Dean and Richard can add consistency to the level of football we know we can achieve.”

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