Dean Smith eyes Brentford raid to land first Aston Villa additions

New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is readying a raid on former club Brentford to bolster his coaching staff, according to The Birmingham Mail.

What’s the word?

Dean Smith and John Terry have arrived at Villa Park to provide a breath of fresh air to a side that has struggled for consistency at the start of the season and further changes are likely during the international break.

According to The Birmingham Mail, Smith is looking to bring Richard O’Kelly and Thomas Frank with him to Aston Villa although O’Kelly, Smith’s long-term number two, will have to take a new role following John Terry’s appointment as assistant manager.

O’Kelly is reported to currently be discussing the terms of his departure with Brentford and Frank, the final part of a trio who have impressed with the Bees, could follow suit.

The right move?

Smith and O’Kelly are a pair that goes hand-in-hand ever since their playing days together at Walsall in the 1980s. The duo then returned to manage the same club, before O’Kelly went his own way for a while, but were reunited again at Brentford.

It was always likely that O’Kelly would seal a move to Villa Park alongside Dean Smith but questions will be asked as to what exactly his role will be after Terry was appointed as assistant manager, so it could lead to some concerns.

Villa need a quick turnaround and the danger is that there will be too many hands on deck. As the famous saying goes, too many cooks spoil the broth and the club need to ensure nobody is stepping on anyone else’s toes.