Andy Scott paid tribute to a “fantastic rapport” with Brentford fans before he left the Club to take up a new role at Watford. Andy left his role as Brentford FC Head of Recruitment to take up a role at Premier League Watford and began that job yesterday, Monday 13 November. It brought to an end a long association with The Bees for Andy that has seen him take on a variety of roles.
Andy first joined as a player in 1997 and spent almost four years at Griffin Park before leaving for Oxford United. He was forced to retire in 2005 when he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and moved in to coaching. He then came back to Brentford as Assistant Manager in 2007 and stepped up to the managerial role towards the end of that year. He left in 2011 and had spells managing Rotherham United and Aldershot Town before returning.
Andy was involved with the Club’s scouting from early 2015 as part of his work for Smartodds - a company owned by Brentford Owner Matthew Benham which provides statistical sports modelling services. In the summer of 2016 he took on the role of Chief Scout and set up a new recruitment department at the Club. He worked closely with the Club’s Directors of Football – Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen, Head Coach Dean Smith and Head of Football Operations Robert Rowan on recruitment for the First Team and B Team and has headed that department for the past 16 months.
“It’s almost 20 years ago to the day that I first joined the Club as a player,” said Andy. “I have been a player, coach, Assistant Manager, Manager and worked in recruitment here. That is a long-standing relationship. Everyone at Brentford has been brilliant – Matthew, Phil, Ras, the First Team coaching staff, all the other staff and the fans. After managing the Club, I didn’t know how people would respond when I returned but the reaction has been very positive. I have a great rapport with the fans and I feel that Brentford is my club but the opportunity was one I couldn’t turn down.
“Watford is an excellent opportunity for me, working in the Premier League, and one I couldn’t turn down. It is a fantastic role. I think the way Brentford play and the quality of players we have here is the reason I was given the opportunity at Watford. It is testament to everyone at Brentford that I got this chance. I believe Brentford have a great chance of getting up and hopefully Watford and Brentford will meet in the Premier League.”
Andy said he had some great memories of his time at Brentford. He was part of the team that won the 1999 Division Three championship, sealing the title with a win over Cambridge United on the last day of the season. Ten years later he was in charge when The Bees won promotion back to the third tier, sealing their elevation with a win at Darlington. Andy also said he was proud of the work done since he returned.
“Brentford is a special place,” said Andy. “The relationship between the fans and the players is a close one. You don’t get that at many clubs. And the people involved at the Club are fantastic. I have some great memories – winning the title at Cambridge in 1999 and that day at Darlington in 2009. I am also proud of the part I have played in the last few years.
“I have set up the Club’s scouting network and that will help Brentford go from strength to strength. I played a part in scouting the majority of the players involved in the First Team now and it is great to see the performances that have been produced in recent weeks. Hopefully those players can go on to achieve the things we think they can and get to the top of the game.”
Andy said he wanted his relationship with the Club to remain a strong one. He said it was important to him that his departure was handled in the correct manner and he had told Matthew Benham and, Club Chairman, Cliff Crown, he would not be a stranger.
Andy added: “I saw Cliff and Matthew before I left and I said that it was important to me that my relationship with the Club and the fans remained as good as it has been. I wanted to leave in the correct manner. I hope I will be welcome at Jersey Road, Griffin Park and the new stadium. I also hope there is an opportunity for Watford and Brentford to have a good working relationship in the future.”