Brentford are searching for a new manager after Dean Smith left them for Aston Villa yesterday. Here are five potential candidates for the role-

Thomas Frank- He was Dean Smith’s assistant manager and will be placed in caretaker charge. Frank, who is 45 years-old, is currently the favourite for the job. His previous managerial experience was a spell at  Brøndby from 2013 to 2016 before he moved to join Brentford’s coaching staff in December 2016.

Danny Cowley- The highly-rated young boss has done an excellent job with Lincoln City. He guided the Imps to the quarter-final of the FA Cup and the National League title in his first season. Cowley’s side are top of League Two now and look likely for another promotion in this campaign.

Lincoln City Manager Danny Cowley gives instructions with Lincoln City Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley during the The FA Cup fourth round match between Lincoln City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Sincil Bank, Lincoln, United Kingdom on 28 January 2017. Photo by Phil Duncan.

Nathan Jones- He is another lower league manager who Brentford could look at. Jones guided Luton Town to promotion to League One last season and his free-scoring side were a real handful in the fourth tier. Brentford play an attacking style of play and this is the type of football that Jones has at Luton.

Carlos Carvalhal- The former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City boss is available and an option for the Bees. Carvalhal guided Sheffield Wednesday to the Play-Offs in two of his three seasons at Hillsborough but could not prevent Swansea from relegation from the Premier League in the last campaign.

Michael Appleton- The 42 year-old has previously managed Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United. He is free at the moment after leaving his post as Leicester City’s assistant manager in June.

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