Report: Dean Smith already close to agreeing his first two deals as Aston Villa boss

Brentford manager Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Aston Villa's new boss is said to be bringing Richard O'Kelly and Thomas Frank with him to Villa Park.

Dean Smith, manager of Brentford looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park on October 21, 2017 in Brentford, England.

According to the Guardian, Dean Smith will bring both Richard O’Kelly and Thomas Frank with him to Aston Villa.

O’Kelly and Frank are currently still at Brentford, following the announcement of Smith’s move to Villa last night.


The Bees stated that O’Kelly’s future would be confirmed imminently, and it seems that he will move to Villa.

O’Kelly and Smith have been a partnership throughout their careers so far, but Villa have appointed John Terry as their number two, which complicates matters.

Aston Villa's new signing John Terry meets supporters before the press conference at Villa Park on July 3, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

It could be that O’Kelly has to take on a new role at Villa, to stay part of Smith’s backroom staff.

Villa appointed Smith after a number of potential candidates appeared to turn them down.

Smith has impressed at Brentford and Walsall previously, and has grown up as a Villa fan.

His first game in the dugout will come in two weekends’ time, when his new side take on Swansea City.

Dean Smith manager of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on February 20, 2018 in Brentford, England.

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