Smith & Backroom Boys Extend Contracts
Yesterday evening Dean Smith, Richard O'Kelly and Thomas Frank all penned new deals with Brentford.
All three of our coaching trio have signed new deals at Griffin Park keeping them at the club until the summer of 2020.
Smith and O'Kelly have been with us since November 2015 as they made the switch from Walsall where they worked together for three and a half year, and Frank was added to our coaching staff as a fellow assistant head coach in December 2016.
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Co Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen said of their new deals.
'We have been pleased to see the progress the team has made this season. We strongly believe that we are on the right path, and with the new contracts for Dean, Richard and Thomas we can now continue the hard work with stability in key coaching positions. At Brentford it is not about the individuals, it is about the team and the togetherness we need to compete in a very tough league. In Dean, Richard and Thomas we believe we have a very strong coaching team who complement each other very well.'
Smith in his own interview explained after penning his new terms that it didn't take him long to agree to a new deal once he knew the club wanted him in the position for longer.
'A year`s extension for myself, Richard O`Kelly, and Thomas Frank is really pleasing. It didn`t take us too long to sort it all out to be honest. I`m happy the club wanted to extend it and we are happy to stay as well. We have a great working relationship and we feel that we are all progressing as coaches and people. We feel that the club is progressing and we are all pleased that is aligned to what we want. It gives us a little bit longer and we can start planning a little bit more. Our minds are all fairly aligned which helps with progression. We are thankful that we have an owner in Matthew Benham and a Board of Directors who have a plan as to how we progress each season. It`s a long-term plan which is aimed towards the top league. When we get there, we can start again.'
The extensions obviously come at the end of a week where the club have played themselves back into the Play Off battles with back to back wins over Sunderland and Birmingham City and Smith spoke about how victory over Leeds United this weekend would cap a fantastic week at the club on a number of levels.
But more on that shortly.