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    Dean Smith

    Finance should come into it, we lose the best part of £300k a week in revenue soon, expiring contracts nearly cover it leaving net nothing for a rebuild without selling some of the bigger earners with a year left. Smith has worked under bigger constraints and him, Pitarch, Kelly etc. will have better resources than Brentford regardless. What they need is some time. Binning the project before it has a chance to get going incurs cost in paying off Smith and Kelly. EDIT: Bruce in the end was given too much time, but he was allowed to have a preseason to get things how he wanted for a tilt at going up (which very nearly happened). The same should be given to Smith.
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    Dean Smith

    Could have been worse, Ferguson is out of hospital, might have said Pochetino, Guardiola, Klopp...
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    Dean Smith

    We really, really can't afford to just get shot before he's actually had a chance. Both financially and for our long term future. Bruce was allowed time, the very least we can do is extend the same to Smith.
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    Dean Smith

    Apart from the best football I've seen us play in 20 years for a couple of months you mean?
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    Dean Smith

    He'll have got used to playing competitive football in front of a crowd with pressure on to get results in a asmaller arena, that would help him with us I'd think in terms of experience at the very least.
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    Dean Smith

    The stand out players are either McGinn, or the players he's brought in or recalled. So Motivation doesn't seem a problem there.
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    Dean Smith

    It would have a bearing on how you feel about Smith, not about how he and the virtually entirely different squad performs in pre-season and the start of next season.
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    Dean Smith

    They'll get those reactions where they've gone too, just that it will be half as many people and they're away from the spotlight a bit. Like I said *might* be good for them. On the other hand though, if we wanted the remaining games to mean something in terms of performances etc, then a first team made up of the kids plus who we think will be here next year would have been a good idea. Just that can you imagine the shit they'd be getting having a run like the one we've been on?
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    Dean Smith

    With the majority of the first team not going to be here, even improved performances are going to have very little bearing on what happens next year. I think that's all though really, playoffs have gone so I'd like to see us playing like the first half hour at the weekend as much as possible from now till the summer. We could win 10 on the bounce with this squad and it would have no bearing on next season beyond a few of the soon to be out of contract players maybe wanting to stake a claim to stay. Judging by the effort levels of some of them of late that's the last thing on their minds though.
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    Dean Smith

    So none of the credit and all of the blame? I would think Pitarch as DOF would have been part of that decision, along with the u23 coach and Smith. To be honest it would be nice to think we could have kept them here and played them, but the angry brigade might have got on their backs with pressure to get in the playoffs or the manager shoudl be sacked etc. Might not be a bad thing that they get 15 games or so away from the nasty atmosphere around VP and come back in the summer with hours of competitive football under their belts. Also, I've notcied that most people being vocal about Smith getting the boot are also suggesting Big Sam, Wenger, Dunga and an equally impossible list of names that will come down to Bodymoor wave a magic wand and using magic beans, a league one budget, fairy dust and claret and blue unicorns build a squad to get autos next year.
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    Dean Smith

    He is managing the dead team walking though at the moment.
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    Jacob Ramsey

    Absolutely, with Lansbury and Carroll injured as well as Jack, we need someone who can pull players out of the shape, create space for others. Not sure it's Ramsey but he showed some nice stuff when he came on after he settled down a bit. With McGinn out now too, it's not like we don't have room in the midfield to try him out a bit.
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    Dean Smith

    Part in bold is interesting. If there is no progress after a massive turnover in the playing staff that Smith has been part of this time next year then I think it would be fair to see real pressure on him to go. Some people have had the knives out from the start though which is a bit disappointing.
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    Dean Smith

    Quite quickly forgotten how with the same group plus Tuanzebe and Grealish we played the best football we've played since the Big Ron days probably.
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    Loan watch 2018/19

    Seems our new right back is consistently doing pretty well. Good to see Hogan playing well too, might recoup some of that fee yet!