“There’s plenty of familiar faces returning to TW8 tonight, with Lee Carsley and Paul Williams part of Steve’s backroom staff, and Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin and Jota all departures in the summer transfer window. On behalf of everyone at Brentford, I wish them all the best following our meeting this evening.”
From the Dugout: Dean Smith looks ahead to the visit of Birmingham City
“This will be our final 'Brentford Nights' game of the season. We've been fairly pleased with the response to the promotion, but we've learned that there is still much more to do if we are to realise our target of achieving a minimum gate of 10,000 for these fixtures (local derbies excluded).”
From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin on victory at Sunderland, Brentford Nights and Leeds United ticket prices
“It is something of a virtuous circle at the moment; the better they play, the more they win and the more confident they get, the better they play. Hopefully the corner has been turned, but we know that in the Sky Bet Championship nothing lasts forever and there are 14 big games to go.”
Hot off the Press: With Brian Dick of The Birmingham Mail
“At first it might have been difficult to imagine the three coming in being able to replace the three who left, but sometimes you’re not able to see a player’s ability as they’ve not had the opportunity to show their talent.”
The Bigger They Come, the Harder They Fall: An elegant defender with a wand of a left foot, Yoann Barbet has become a firm favourite amongst the Griffin Park faithful. His late free-kick during the televised victory over Leeds United in November – and the celebrations that ensued – underlining such status. From the secret to a strong beard to fighting a horse-sized duck, Yoann answers your questions as submitted on Facebook and Twitter.
“There’s no obvious route into the job; I’ve known Kitmen who’ve previously been the team’s Coach Driver or Masseur, and there’s others who’ve come in externally due to a connection with someone at the club. There’s no one rule: the key qualities are knowledge, understanding and an ability to get along with people. Since my first role in football I’ve never had to apply for a job!”
First, Best, Worst: From swapped shirts to flying teacups, we chat to Kitman Bob Oteng about his first, best and worst moments in professional football
“The dust has long since settled… With Brentford heading one way and Birmingham the other since we said ‘adiós’ and ‘au revoir.’”
Park Life: The programme that Nick Bruzon has been waiting for… The BEES columnist looks at the growing rivalry between The Bees and Blues
“Many wanted Guardiola to fail because his ideas were different; we didn’t want someone from another country to come to our shores and tear up the rulebook.”
The Last Word: The latest instalment in Ben Burgess’ pre-match column
For all the above plus the usual favourites, pick up a copy of BEES this evening for just £3.50.