Walsall have today confirmed that manager Dean Smith has signed a new deal.
The deal is a 12 month rolling contract with both the club and boss having the option to negotiate a new deal during that period.
Smith has been at the helm since taking over as caretaker manager on January 4th 2011, this move was made permanent on the 21st January.
During his first season, Smith steered the club away from relegation despite being seven points adrift when he arrived.
Despite the Saddlers good start in his next year they managed to go a very lengthy period without a winning, many Saddlers fans called for Smith to be sacked with Walsall hovering above the relegation zone at Christmas. Somehow the Saddlers had a terrific second half to the season and finished in 9th position, just six points shy of the play-offs.
Last season Smith steered Walsall to their first ever appearance at Wembley Stadium but the league form suffered and once again we missed out on a play off place and finished once again in mid-table.
This season the Saddlers have had their best start to a campaign since 2006 and find themselves top of the table.
Smith had been linked with a move to Rotherham a few weeks ago and hopefully with a new contract on the table – it may stop him from looking anywhere else for the foreseeable future.
He has rightly had his criticism during his tenure but he is slowly starting to realise his mistakes and so far so good this term.
Congratulations on your new deal Ginger Mourinho