Roberto Di Matteo among favourites for Brentford job after Dean Smith leaves for Aston Villa

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.

Smith left Brentford for Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Roberto Di Matteo, manager of Aston Villa looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on September 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

The former Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has emerged among Sky Bet's favourites to succeed Dean Smith at Brentford.

Smith was confirmed as Aston Villa's new manager on Wednesday night, creating a vacancy at Griffin Park.

 

And while his former assistant, Thomas Frank, remains odds-on (1/2) for the Brentford job, Di Matteo (7/2) is suddenly right behind him.

The Italian has been out of management since leaving Aston Villa two years ago, but has also managed Schalke 04, West Bromwich Albion and Milton Keynes Dons and won the Champions League while Chelsea's interim boss.

Roberto Di Matteo interim manager of Chelsea lifts the trophy in celebration after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball...

Luton Town's Nathan Jones (12/1) is the only other manager with odds shorter than 16/1.

The reported Aston Villa target, Rui Faria (now 18/1), was the early frontrunner at 7/1.

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.

Smith will be a tough act to follow at Brentford, who achieved top-half finishes in each of his three campaigns in charge at Griffin Park.

Would the former Aston Villa boss be a good appointment for Brentford?

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