Boss signs 12-month extension...THE SADDLERS have been given a boost with the news that manager, Dean Smith, has agreed a 12-month extension to his current deal.
Smith penned a new two-and-a-half year contract 12 months ago having been appointed into the hot-seat in January 2011 following a brief spell as caretaker.
Under the guidance of the former Saddlers’ skipper, the club has developed well both on and off-the-field, and we have earned many plaudits for our style of football.
“I’m pleased to extend my contract,” he said. “I said from the very start that this was always going to be a long-term project and we’re still in the early stages of that, but things are certainly progressing well.
“I want to continue building for the future of this club and whilst I am offering the players longer term deals, it gives it more credence if I have the same.
“This club is known for trying to do things the correct way and we are investing in the infrastructure of the club to make it a more forward-thinking place with solid foundations.
“It’s not just Saturday to Saturday, or even season to season, this is a long-term plan and I am pleased to be leading the club in the direction that we want to go.
“It also allows me to sit down with Richard O’Kelly, who has been a big part of what we are trying to achieve here, and put plans in place to secure his future with the club.”
Chief Executive, Stefan Gamble, was equally as delighted to see Smith commit his future to the club.
“I’m really pleased that Dean has committed his future to the club at least until the summer of 2016,” he said. “Dean has obviously been instrumental in the team’s improvement on the pitch since taking over in January 2011 and has been a driving force behind the implementation of the club’s ‘Football Philosophy’ during this time.
“It was therefore important to tie him down to a longer term deal to enable him to continue the progress made to-date and to pursue our goals and aims moving forward.
“He continues to be an innovative, hungry and ambitious manager and all at the club are delighted that he has put pen-to-paper on a new deal.”