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    Richard O’Kelly

    As I read it O’Kelly is Assistant Head Coach and JT is Assistant Coach. That little four letter word could mean everything or nothing.
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    18/19 Race for Promotion

    Our results so far have been mediocre and we certainly do need to pick up a run of wins fairly soon. But it’s by no means a disaster. We are 4 points off the playoff places so catching up is not a forlorn cause. I’m not sure that new manager bounces ever really happen but Dean Smith hasn’t achived one with either of his last two appointments. 7 wins out of his first 26 games with Walsall and 12 out of 30 with Brentford (9 of those from the last 11 games of the season). I think it will take time for him to get the squad playing the way he wants and it may need the January window to get the defence set up properly. (Obviously will be delighted if this proves too gloomy!)
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    Richard O’Kelly

    The main tweet mentions Richard O’Kelly but the rest of the thread is solely about Dean. The club (i.e. Brentford’s) statement just says “Dean brought Richard O’Kelly with him to Brentford when he joined in 2015 and Richard’s position will be clarified in the coming days.” O’Kelly’s status is still unclear. The AVFC web site includes Dean Smith as Head Coach and John Terry as Assistant Coach But no mention of Richard O’Kelly. I imagine there may be some discussion about the relative roles of John Terry and Richard O’Kelly. If I were R O’K I would want that spelt out very clearly before making the move.
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    Dean Smith

    This is just revisionism. We had just crashed out of the premier league with one of the worst premier league squads ever and having achieved 3 wins the whole season. RDM had them spent about £60m of the new owner’s money (as it turned out, not his money) on constructing a squad slightly less effective in winning matches than a chocolate teapot in pouring a cup of tea for the local vicar, and had us near the relegation places. “Not at this level”?
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    John Terry

    Can I just point out the Steve Bruce thread is now in Other Football. It’s a bit sad to keep referring to a former manager in threads about the club as it is now.
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    The NSWE Board

    The fact that it’s being reported on the press as a last minute panic appointment does suggest it is a bit of a PR disaster, whatever the realities of how the appointment went. We have ave a good history of PR disasters so it’s not such a shock.
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    Dean Smith

    Likewise. They could do with a bit more proof reading though.
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    The NSWE Board

    It would certainly show great disrespect to disparage two wealthy multi billionaires. That would never do. Multi billionaires have contributed so much good to this world and we Villa fans have had particularly good experiences of billionaires over the past 15 years or so.
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    Dean Smith

    I suspect you are conveniently forgetting what a mess we were in when he took over. But, like I’ve said before, you have given the benchmark by which to judge Dean Smith. No way will he achieve less than the “failure” of a playoff final. We can track progress as the season progresses.
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    Dean Smith

    That gives us a good benchmark to judge Smith by then. If getting to the playoff final and missing the premier league by a single goal is a “disaster”, Smith has to do better than this to be judged not a “disaster”.
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    Ross McCormack

    Think Ross did the assist for Bolt’s first goal as well. Come back Ross and bring Usain with you!
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    Richard O’Kelly

    Old pals from their Chelsea days I guess?
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    Richard O’Kelly

    That’s the understatement of the year! I had forgotten about those two guys but didn't Culverhouse get sacked for bullying in the end?
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    Sir Doug Ellis

    It’s conventional when someone dies to show a bit of grace and reflect on the loss their family will be feeling, as well as the passing of another life and all it has achieved. I regret to say this thread isn't always living up to those expectations. Dredging up old niggles, feuds, disappointments, etc. Isn’t really very appropriate IMHO just at this moment.
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    Richard O’Kelly

    Seems like a good appointment if confirmed. Sounds like Smith would be mad to move anywhere without him. Wonder how JT fits in?