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Brentford B Team

Neil MacFarlane takes B Team Head Coach role

Former Hearts midfielder takes top job with second squad

30 May 2019

Brentford FC have appointed former professional footballer Neil MacFarlane as the new Head Coach of the B Team.

MacFarlane, 41, made his name as a defensive midfielder in his native Scotland before taking up coaching roles with the likes of Falkirk, Coventry City and Fleetwood Town.

His first management role came at Aggborough the home of Kidderminster Harriers in 2018. Prior to that he was in Cyprus coaching top-flight side Pafos alongside former Hearts colleague Steven Pressley.

Macfarlane and Pressley played together during a 4 year spell at Hearts, from 2002, while the former was on his way to making over 300 professional appearances north of the border.

Speaking to us shortly after his appointment, Neil said: “I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the Brentford B team going forward.

“Throughout what was a really thorough interview process, I got a fantastic feeling for the club. The togetherness of everyone involved made a massive impression on me.

"I hope to carry on much of the good work which has been done since the introduction of the B team strategy. It has built up a really strong reputation.

"I was instantly attracted to the role as it is a great fit with how I work and what I believe in. Seeing young players progress has given me enormous satisfaction throughout my career.

"I will strive to produce top players for Brentford FC. I want to help each and every player reach their full potential. I cannot wait to get started."

Co-Director of Football, Rasmus Ankersen added: “We have interviewed many strong candidates for the role, and in the end we felt Neil was the stand-out one.

“He is a very driven character and someone we believe can accelerate the development of our young players."


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