With Steve Bruce’s future at Aston Villa hanging in the balance after failing to win again last night against Preston North End, their fans continue to eye up potential replacements.

Brentford’s Dean Smith would be the ideal replacement for Bruce if he is dismissed, here is why-

Good record

The 47-year-old started his managerial career with Walsall and impressed with them. Smith initially took over in 2011 with his side nine points adrift at the foot of League One and managed to keep them up. Then after a couple of mid table finishes in the third tier, Smith guided the Saddlers to the final of the Football League Trophy in 2015 which was the clubs’ first ever Wembley appearance.

Smith then left Walsall when they were fourth in the table in November 2015 to join Brentford in the Championship. His Bees side have since finished in 9th, 10th and 9th place in the second tier on a small budget.

Adopts an attacking style of play

Dean Smith’s Brentford are one of the most entertaining sides in the Championship. This is because they play with an attacking mentality and are always looking to get forward rather than defend. This would be ideal for Aston Villa as it would be more exciting for them. Villa have some very good attacking players like Jack Grealish, Albert Adomah and Yannick Bolasie who would thrive under the freedom of playing under Smith.

Knows the club

Smith was born in West Bromwich but was a boyhood Aston Villa fan. This means that he already knows the club and would appreciate them as a supporter as well. We have seen this work with Chris Wilder at Sheffield United and how he gets their fans onside purely because he understands the club as he was a fan like them.

Smith would no doubt be one of the bookies’ favourites for the Villa job if Bruce does get sacked and would be a popular choice amongst their supporters.

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