Could beating Sheffield Wednesday put Dean Smith in contention for Owls role?

Dean Smith, Manager of Brentford looks on during a Brentford training session at Brentford Training Ground on January 23, 2017 in Brentford, England. Brentford are due to play Chelsea in...

Dean Smith has been quietly going about his business as Brentford boss, could he impress managerless Sheffield Wednesday this weekend?

Dean Smith, Manager of Brentford poses for portraits during a Brentford training session at Brentford Training Ground on January 23, 2017 in Brentford, England. Brentford are due to play...Dean Smith, Manager of Brentford poses for portraits during a Brentford training session at Brentford Training Ground on January 23, 2017 in Brentford, England. Brentford are due to play...

Sheffield Wednesday travel to Griffin Park to face Brentford on Saturday still searching for a new manager. 

The Owls started the post Carlos Carvalhal era with a 3-0 victory at Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day but have made little progress since towards appointing a new permanent manager. 

One man who could be on the list is Brentford's manager Dean Smith, who will be in the opposing dugout at the weekend. 

Smith has been calling the shots at Griffin Park for just over two years and has guided the club to ninth and 10th in the last two campaigns. 

Sergi Canos of Brentford celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on December 2, 2017 in Brentford,...Sergi Canos of Brentford celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on December 2, 2017 in Brentford,...

Brentford failed to win any of their first eight games and were in the bottom three but since then they've lost just two in 17 matches and are 12th in the league, seven points off the play off places. 

A victory for them over Sheffield Wednesday would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons but it could also prove why he'd be the ideal candidate for Hillsborough hot seat. 

Smith has steadily built a solid squad at Brentford which is capable of challenging for the play-offs on a considerably low budget. He also turned relegation battlers Walsall into automatic promotion candidates while also leading them to the EFL Trophy final in 2015. 

Manager of Brentford FC, Dean Smith makes a point during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 23, 2016 in Brentford, United Kingdom.Manager of Brentford FC, Dean Smith makes a point during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers on February 23, 2016 in Brentford, United Kingdom.

The 46-year-old spent 18 months with the South Yorkshire club between 2003 and 2004 where he made 62 appearances so he knows the club well and will able to handle the high expectations. Another positive for Owls fans is that Smith's teams play attractive and attacking football so if that and a victory for Brentford is seen at the weekend then the Wednesday board will have to give serious thought about hiring Smith. 

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