During his near five-year stint in his first managerial post with Walsall, Smith was affectionately known as 'the ginger Mourinho' due to his tactical acumen, planning and being able to get the best out of players.
"It's not just tactical. There are a lot of man-management skills that go into it because every player's different. They all need a different message at times to get the best out of them.
"For me, it's about getting to know them, them getting to know me, having a great respect for each other and knowing which buttons to press."