Date: 17th May 2018 at 4:27pm
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Former Walsall boss Dean Smith looks set to miss out on the vacant West Bromwich Albion job with current caretaker boss Darren Moore set to take over permanently according to the Daily Mail

Dean Smith was bookies favourite to take over from the outgoing Alan Pardew however the Baggies look set to appoint from within following Darren Moores successful stint as caretaker boss.

Moore won manager of the month for April but was unable to keep the Baggies in the Premier League.

Smith was manager of the Saddlers between 2011-2015 where he pulled off the great escape in his first season with the Saddlers deep in relegation after he succeeded Chris Hutchings. A five year plan was implemented and the Saddlers went onto reach Wembley for the first time in our history and was on the verge of promotion to the Championship when we allowed Smith to talk to Brentford – yes it still hurts!

Smith took over Brentford and his sidekick Richard O’Kelly followed, later that summer Romaine Sawyers also followed along with Rico Henry. The Saddlers have still not recovered.

Smith has failed to finish above 9th in the Championship in his first two years as Brentford boss but gained praise from the footballing world for how his Brentford side play football – something he implemented here too before the board and Jon Whitney undone all that!

So it seems Smith and O’Kelly won’t be getting their return to the Midlands just yet…maybe Villa will come calling if they fail to go up.