Brentford have announced Dean Smith as their new manager, and the club's Co-Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen believes the former Walsall boss can take the Bees into the Premier League.Smith took charge of the Saddlers in 2011 and has transformed them into a promotion-chasing side in Sky Bet League 1 – he leaves them sitting fourth in the division.
That success has been recognised by Sky Bet Championship Brentford, who have appointed him at Griffin Park alongside assistant manager Richard O'Kelly.
"We believe Dean is exactly the authentic and strong leader we need to take Brentford forward and ultimately into the Premier League,” Ankersen told brentfordfc.co.uk.
“We have been hugely impressed by Dean’s work at Walsall and especially how he has managed to turn a club with such a low budget into one pushing for promotion.
"It is a similar challenge to the one Brentford face. We can’t win by spending more money than our competitors so we have to identify competitive edges which will allow us to compete with clubs who enjoy much bigger budgets.
"In that respect Dean is a great fit to Brentford FC. The job is not just about being an experienced and intelligent football coach. More than anything, it is about being able to lead the staff and bring the best out of highly qualified experts as well as the players."
Lee Carsley had been in temporary charge of the Bees since Marinus Dijkhuizen's departure, and he has led the club up the table after a run that included four back-to-back wins in October, which saw him named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month.
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After that run of form, the Bees now sit 11th in the division, four points off the Play-Offs, ahead of a Monday night match against Bolton Wanderers, which is live on Sky Sports.