Brentford manager Dean Smith has been linked with a switch to Aston Villa after Steve Bruce was sacked on Wednesday.

Brentford have started the new Championship season in impressive fashion, as Dean Smith’s side sit in 6th place. However, The Bees haven’t won in four Championship games and are at risk of slipping into the clutches of mid-table if their slide continues.

Aston Villa have been linked with several managers in the past few days after Bruce’s dismissal, with Shaktar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, Thierry Henry and even former Aston Villa and Chelsea defender John Terry being linked with the vacant manager’s job at Villa Park along with Dean Smith.

However, Smith – who grew up as an Aston Villa fan – has responded to the links with a move away from Brentford. He told the Express and Star:

“There’s going to be speculation about many people.

“They put two and two together and come up with five. My job is Brentford and that’s all I am interested in.

“There’s always going to be speculation; my dad was a steward and I was brought up a Villa fan but I’m not sure they are going to give Prince William the job are they?

“I’ve said it many times; this is a fantastic job and I enjoy it here. There’s nothing that has made me change my mind since I have worked here. I have no plans on leaving this club because it is a great club to work for.”


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