The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Peat

BRENT­FORD boss Dean Smith has played down spec­u­la­tion link­ing him with West Brom af­ter he was made the new favourite to fill their man­age­rial va­cancy.

With the Bag­gies on the brink of relegation from the Premier League, there has been talk they could at­tempt to bring for­mer Wal­sall boss Smith back to his na­tive West Mid­lands.

The 47-year-old has helped the Bees punch above their weight this sea­son on a lim­ited budget, with the side still in with a chance of mak­ing the play­offs go­ing into the week­end.

But Smith re­sponded to spec­u­la­tion by jok­ingly ask­ing why he hasn’t been linked with an­other va­cancy that is about to be opened in the top flight.

He said: “I’m a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed I haven’t been linked with the Arse­nal job!

“There’s al­ways spec­u­la­tion and some­body’s prob­a­bly put 4p on me to get the job and the odds have come down. That is how things go in foot­ball.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my­self here. We have a re­ally good club.

“We all work very well to­gether and, as peo­ple can see, it’s come to fruition on the pitch at the mo­ment.”

PLAU­DITS: Dean Smith

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