John Egan insisted that "the mood in the camp is positive" when speaking to the press at Jersey Road this afternoon. The Bees have endured a challenging start to the season but – with the international break drawing to a close and the second round of Sky Bet Championship fixtures looming – the Irishman said that spirits remain high.
“We know that we haven’t picked up as many points as we should have – there’s games that we should’ve won and didn’t but that’s football,” John told iFollow Brentford. “The performances have been there and if we keep playing the same way the tide will turn. We’ve got a philosophy which we don’t want to steer away from; we want to keep doing things our way.
“Training has been very good this week; you can see that everybody is refreshed after the break. The belief is there 100%. The lads are on it every day in training and the appetite is there to go on and do well. We’re working our socks off to go and get some positive results”.
Fellow centre-half and former Bees captain Harlee Dean was one of three departures during the tail-end of the transfer window. John said that whoever is handed the armband moving forward will take on the role with pride.
“When I’ve captained the team this season it’s been an honour. The gaffer hasn’t said anything about who will take the armband, but I’m sure that him and the staff will decide that and we’ll see what happens. We got a good changing room – there’s some good leaders in there – so to captain the group you’ve just got to be yourself and lead by example.
“Every club buys and sells players during the transfer window – it’s part and parcel of football. I was good friends with the lads that left – they were good teammates and good players – so I wish them well in the future, just not against Brentford! When we play Birmingham friendships will have to go to one side for 90 minutes”.
With seven fixtures in three weeks, The Bees look set for a hectic schedule prior to the next international break in October.
“It sums up what the Championship is all about,” said John. “It’s a long season and you play a lot of games, but every footballer will tell you they’d rather be playing games than training. We’ve got a trip to Villa Park on Saturday and these are games you’ve got to relish. Villa have got a good team – they’ve spent a lot of money – so it should be an entertaining game on Saturday”.