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25 September 2014

Brentford Sporting Director Frank McParland, Chief Executive Mark Devlin, Manager Mark Warburton and Assistant Manager David Weir answer supporters' questions

Almost 100 Bees fans were at Griffin Park tonight for the latest Fans Forum.

Sporting Director Frank McParland, Chief Executive Mark Devlin, Manager Mark Warburton and Assistant Manager David Weir were all available to answer questions for around 90 minutes.

The forum was also streamed live on the Club’s YouTube channel and questions were taken from around the world.

The panel spoke on a range of subjects including team selection, tactics and players movement.

There were updates on players that have left in the past few months – including Jake Reeves, who joined Swindon Town, and Will Grigg, who is with Milton Keynes Dons on loan.

There was also a discussion on targets for the season.

Frank said: “We are very long term at Brentford and have strong building blocks

“As well as the First Team producing every day we are targeting the Academy to produce players.

“I would love to see Brentford consolidate in the Championship.

“My opinion is that top half this season would be amazing.

“Longer term a Club like us has to produce players through the Academy.

“We heard to today that we have a player in the England set-up at Under-15 level.

“We are building the Club’s future.

“It would be great for this club to be consolidated in the Championship, towards the top end, when we move to the new stadium.”

Mark Warburton added: “People have spoken to me about survival.

“I can’t go in to the dressing room and talk about survival.

“All I ask the players is to be the best they can be every day and every game.

“If we can do that we will be OK, I just don’t know exactly what OK is.”

David Weir said: “It’s unrealistic to look at a target for the end of the season; it is a long way away.

“We set targets for small batches of games – four, five, six.

“We also ask the players about what the target should be and [Brentford FC Owner] Matthew Benham is pro-active in saying where he sees us in relation to the teams we are playing.

“We set short term targets with incentives.”

Mark Devlin revealed Brentford will have another Pay What You Can game, against Rotherham United in January.

Fans will be able to choose how much they pay for a ticket.

There was a discussion about the Lionel Stadium Project.

Rhys Williams, from the project team, said there were legal issues to be resolved but the plan was to move in for the 2017/18 season.

Chris Gammon, also from the project team, added the Club hoped to have a safe standing area but there was no political will for it.

Frank also spoke about Brentford’s summer acquisitions and how they have been added to the squad.

“The way we went about it this summer was to bring in 12 players,” he said.

“All of them are technically gifted to take us forward because that it what we want.

“Mark and David work incredibly hard on the pitch every day and I love to watch the players train.

“They then bring that on to the pitch on a Saturday.

“The players do it every day on the training pitch and then on a Saturday.”


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