Dean Smith is pleased to see Steve McClaren back in football management but admitted he had sympathy with Chris Powell after the former Charlton and Huddersfield boss missed out on being handed the Derby job.
Powell had steadied the ship after the tumultuous reign of Nigel Pearson ended with the manager at loggerheads with the club's owner.
And the Bees boss paid tribute to McClaren for the job he did in his first spell at the iPro Stadium.
Smith said: “He was doing a great job there before going to Newcastle. It didn't go too well there and Derby have had a high turnover from then.
“I'm pleased for Steve McClaren being back in football but I'm disappointed for Chris Powell who had steadied the ship there after a tumultuous period with Nigel Pearson and the owner, from the outside looking in, coming to loggerheads a bit.”
He added: “In my opinion Nigel would have turned it around. They've got good players. They'd outplayed teams but couldn't score.
“I know how I felt in February when we were playing well in some games to win it but didn't. They've got players that can hurt any team so we'll have to be at our best.”