Dean Smith (footballer)

Dean Smith (Footballer)

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Dean Smith (born 19 March 1971 in West Bromwich) is an English footballer turned football manager, currently 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.

Playing career

He started his playing career at Walsall and was later sold for £80,000 to Hereford United (a Hereford club record). Smith was captain at Edgar Street during the club's rise to the Third Division playoffs in 1995–96, where they were beaten by Darlington. The following season Hereford were relegated from the Football League and Smith departed to Leyton Orient, with a tribunal setting the fee at £42,500. The period between 1995 and 1999 was his most prolific in terms of goals, scoring 34, of which 14 were penalties.

He twice captained Orient to the Third Division play-off final; in 1999 and 2001, losing both times. He joined Division One side Sheffield Wednesday in February 2003, whom he also captained....
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