By Amir Mir
Brentford manager Dean Smith has dismissed speculation linking him with the Aston Villa managerial job.
London publication Get West London report that Smith, 45, has been rumoured as a potential replacement for under-fire Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo.
Boyhood Villa fan Smith has guided the Bees to fifth in the Championship table, with 17 points from their opening ten games.
By contrast, Di Matteo’s men have picked up ten points this term, winning one game, with the Italian now reportedly facing the axe, if he fails to pick up a win at Preston on Saturday afternoon.
Brentford boss Smith has insisted that he is focusing on his job in hand and admitted he is “enjoying” his role with the Bees, after his side thumped Reading 4-1 on Tuesday night.
“Aston Villa have got a manager in charge, I have no more to say,” Smith told GetwestLondon. “I don’t really talk about other clubs when there are managers in charge. I was a boyhood Villa fan. Now my job is solely on Brentford football club and I’m thoroughly enjoying that.”
Smith recorded a 1-1 draw against Di Matteo’s Villa on September 14, with John Egan scoring an 88th minute equaliser for the visitors.
Villa have conceded goals after the 85th minute in five out of the ten games this term and as a result have dropped a possible eight points during this campaign.
They sit 17th in the Championship table with ten points to their name, while Brentford are fifth with 17 points from their ten games.
The Midlands side travel to Deepdale to take on Preston on Saturday afternoon, while Brentford host newly-promoted Wigan at Griffin Park.
In other Aston Villa news, the club’s senior man has revealed why Villa have left him baffled.