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WARBURTON WANTS MOMENTUM TO CONTINUE

8 December 2013

Brentford Sporting Director Mark Warburton said Club will move quickly for the right candidate for the managerial position

Sporting Director Mark Warburton said Brentford will look for a new manager who can build on the work done by Uwe Rösler.

Uwe left Brentford to take up the manager’s position at Wigan Athletic yesterday morning, hours before The Bees were knocked out of the FA Cup with Budweiser by Carlisle United.

Alan Kernaghan, who had been Uwe’s assistant, took charge for the game assisted by First Team Coach Peter Farrell and Mark.

Speaking to the press after the match, Mark said he would speak to Club Owner Matthew Benham and the Board of Directors and would seek to find the right man quickly.

He was however quick to add that it had to be someone with the attributes to take the squad forward.

“I will speak to the owner and to the board and we will look to move as quickly as possible, for the right candidate,” said Mark.

“They have to have the traits and attributes we are looking for to take the squad forward.

“It is a high quality squad of players, some real talent.

“We want someone who will buy in to the good work done by Uwe and his staff and continue the momentum.”

Mark admitted Uwe leaving on the morning of a match did not help Brentford in their FA Cup game.

The Bees fell behind late in the first half but equalised with an own goal just past the hour mark.

Carlisle striker Lee Miller scored a brace in four minutes and although Farid El Alagui pulled one back the home side got through.

The defeat was Brentford’s first since mid-October and ended a nine game unbeaten run, which had seen eight wins and one draw.

The Bees have climbed to fourth in Sky Bet League One and are just six points off the top.

Mark said the departure of key figures was a part of football and was a sign that Brentford were doing well.

“This is the game we are involved in,” he said.

“It wasn’t easy for the players.

“He was training on Wednesday and Thursday and he had gone by Friday evening.

“We have to move on.

“We have had a good season to date; we must continue that, be positive and move forward.

“We will learn from it and move on.

“If we are doing well we will have to fight battles to keep staff.

“You don’t lose staff if you aren’t doing well or are being relegated.

“It’s a problem we have to face.

“Uwe leaving all happened very quickly and I don’t think it would have been appropriate for him to take this game with the news released this morning.”

Mark said he had a meeting with the players this morning.

He said he explained to them the only reason there was interest is because they were doing well.

He said the Club would only let anyone else leave, player or staff, on Brentford’s terms.

“I spoke to the players very briefly and I told them the Club is doing very well on and off the pitch,” said Mark.

“A manager has left us and gone to a team that were in the Premier League last year.

“I think that is testament to what we are doing.

“Interest in players will always be the case.

“Everyone has a price.

“We have to make sure if someone wants to take someone from Brentford, they do it on our terms.

He said the backroom team, including medical, conditioning, analysis and support staff, would remain part of the Brentford staff.

“I told Uwe when we first met that he has the best support staff in the division.

“And it would be the best in the division above as well.

“There are some outstanding people there.

“They are devoted to the Club, we look after them and they will be part of the Club going forward.

“There will be no problems in that area.”

Mark added the most important news to come out of the Club this week was Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee approval of Brentford Football Club’s planning application to develop a 20,000 capacity stadium at Lionel Road South.

“The news about the stadium means that Brentford can move forward for years to come,” he said.

“We don’t want to lose our manager but the most important news this week was the new stadium.

“It is fantastic for the Club and the long term future.”

Bees Player subscribers can see Mark Warburton’s interview after the Carlisle match here.


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