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Dean Smith (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameDean Smith
Date of birth19 March 1971(age 45)
Place of birthWest Bromwich, England
Height6 ft 1 in
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubWalsall (manager)

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Dean Smith (born 19 March 1971 in West Bromwich) is an English footballer turned football manager, who is now in charge of League One club Walsall.

Starting his playing career with Walsall in 1989, over the course of five years he played almost 150 league games. Signing with Hereford United in 1994, three years later he moved on to Leyton Orient. In six years with Orient he made close to 250 league appearances, before earning a move to Sheffield Wednesday in 2003. After a season with Wednesday he moved on to Port Vale, hanging up his boots in 2005.

Retuning to Leyton Orient, he worked as assistant manager until January 2009. In July 2009, he was appointed as Head of Youth at Walsall, before taking the management reigns in January 2011. He took Walsall from relegation certainties to safety in his first four months in charge.

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