Dean Smith is the current manager of Aston Villa FC. He was appointed on 10th October 2018.
Smith's professional playing career took in clubs such as Port Vale, Walsall, Leyton Orient and Hereford United.
His coaching career began in 2005 as a youth coach at Leyton Orient, where he was swiftly promoted to Assistant Manager.
He then returned to Walsall FC as Head of Youth and in 2104 was appointed caretaker manager. This became permanent in January 2011. He led the Saddlers to their first ever Wembley appearance in 2015, at the final of the Football League Trophy.
Having moved to Brentford FC, Smith led the Bees to a ninth place finish in the 2015/16 season.
He is a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University. Smith is also a member of the LMA Board.