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    Dean Smith

    They’ve already started making signings for next season. There is no way they will sack him in the summer. If we are still playing like this in October/November then I think questions will need to be asked, but not yet. Lets not forget that Smith has produced our (probably) 2 best away performances since relegation at Derby and Middlesbrough.
  2. thejoker

    Dean Smith

    What else is he supposed to say? He’s stuck with these players until the summer, can’t hang them all out to dry. He did have a slight dig when he said “Brentford have the players for pass and move” and “Brentford have been playing like this for four years”.
  3. thejoker

    Dean Smith

    Except when he turned Walsall from certain relegation to promotion contenders (and would have almost certainly gone up if he had stayed) on a budget of 0.
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    Dean Smith

    They are not his players. The team that just played us off the park was Smith’s team. It’s going to be hard, but we’ve got to give him time.
  5. thejoker

    Dean Smith

    Disagree on this point. He has encouraged Jack to get in the box more, resulting in him scoring 2 goals (against Blues and Bolton) from inside the area. Those goals wouldn’t have happened previously because Jack was never in the box.
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    Dean Smith

    Smith not doing great right now, but the majority of these players aren’t good enough. We need a massive overhaul in the summer. Smith is a good manager as he has proven in the past. We must hold our nerve.
  7. We have the perfect manager for the task then.
  8. thejoker

    Dean Smith

    Considering we have no good wingers, dreadful fullbacks, and not much in central midfield (without Grealish) I think Smith is doing about as well as he can right now. I think we’ll be a completely different team next season when Smith has had a summer transfer window.
  9. I presume going back on loan was the only way Caen would agree to this now, and I guess we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss out in the summer. It is frustrating that we have to wait, but better than missing out altogether (providing he turns out to be decent!).
  10. Good. It would be a huge waste of money for 4 months. We’d be back to square one in the summer with £1m less in the bank.
  11. I’m not too bothered if we don’t sign anyone else until the summer. We’re not getting promoted this season either way. I’d rather we wait and get the right players in than buy for buying sake.
  12. thejoker

    Dean Smith

    I think that just highlights what a mess Dr Tony and Keith Wyness made of it. Spending the money we have should have virtually guaranteed promotion within 3 years. But we’ve wasted so much, and it can’t continue.
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    Dean Smith

    Dean Smith has never been a ‘quick fix’ manager. Look at his record. It took him 4 years at Walsall before they looked like promotion contenders in League One. At Brentford, it took him 2 years (whilst selling all his best players) to start seriously challenging for playoffs. If our owners got Dean Smith as a quick fix, then they have made a big mistake. I still firmly believe he will get it right but it might take 2 years to change the culture at the club. I still think we need to change 80% of our squad. One thing Dean Smith must sort out short term though, is how to play without Grealish.
  14. We need to find the next Maupay. We can’t keep throwing money around in The Championship. It hasn’t worked.
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