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Brentford boss Dean Smith addresses West Bromwich Albion rumours

Dean Smith addresses West Brom rumours
Brentford manager Dean Smith says that "the grass is not always greener" in response to recent talk that he is wanted by West Bromwich Albion.

Brentford manager Dean Smith has appeared to rule himself out of the running for the West Bromwich Albion job after admitting that "the grass is not always greener".

Despite Darren Moore working wonders during his caretaker stint in charge, the Baggies have been tipped to bring in a new permanent manager if they drop down a division.

A three-man shortlist is said to have been drawn up in preparation for the likely relegation, which includes the names of Michael Appleton, Lee Johnson and Smith.

The Bees boss is wary of departing Griffin Park, however, having finished six points adrift of a playoff place this season and signed a contract extension earlier in the year.

"[Brentford] is a good football club and I'm enjoying my time here," he told West London Sport. "On the playing side, I have no idea if we will lose players in the summer, but they have developed as young men individually and as a group.

"It's a privilege to be their head coach. If you leave it's not always rosy and the grass isn't always greener. There has to be a good reason to leave rather than moving on all the time.

"There's always going to be speculation about managers or players when a side does well, particularly when it's a club our size. But there is a long-term plan at this club and I'm acutely aware of what I have got here and that is always a big factor."

West Brom, who could be relegated as early as Tuesday night, last competed in the second tier during the 2009-10 campaign.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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