Dean Smith has described the child sex abuse allegations currently rocking English football as 'scary' and 'harrowing', and insisted that coaches have a duty of care to youngsters.
Since former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward revealed a fortnight ago the abuse he suffered at the hands of a coach at the club as a young player, at least five more players have come forward with similar historical claims.
It is a subject close to Brentford boss Smith's heart, as his managerial career begun with spells as youth coach at Leyton Orient and head of youth at Walsall.
He said: “It was not something I was aware of at all. It's scary when you read about some of the things coming out, and I'm sure it will be investigated fully.
“With my background in youth football, I know the responsibility you have with kids. Likewise teachers, you're entrusted with the children's welfare, and you have to do your utmost to respect that.
“It's not something I've heard about myself, and I've been in and around football a long time, but it's certainly harrowing when you hear some of the stories.
“You'd like to think there's more screening these days, and more responsibilities put on the football clubs to make sure everyone is fully cleared.”