The Football League Paper - - NEIL MELLOR -

IF I was a Brent­ford player read­ing this week’s news, I’d be very dis­ap­pointed.

The spec­u­la­tion is that manager Mark War­bur­ton could be re­placed by Rayo Val­le­cano boss Paco Je­mez at the end of the sea­son, ir­re­spec­tive of whether the Bees go up or not.

I met Mark sev­eral years ago when he set up the NextGen se­ries for U21 teams. He was a very in­tel­li­gent guy who knew the game in­side out.

Since then he has had great suc­cess at Brent­ford, rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the academy, win­ning pro­mo­tion from League One and is now fight­ing for a place in the Pre­mier League. It’s hard to imag­ine what more the club could want.

He looks a real bright prospect and when one of his play­ers is com­ing out and say­ing he’ll man­age Eng­land one day, it tells you how they feel about him in the dress­ing room.

Ru­mours like this could be hugely desta­bil­is­ing. The day the news broke, they lost to pro­mo­tion ri­vals Wat­ford. Was it play­ing on their minds? There’s cer­tainly no ques­tion that when you play for a manager and you like his train­ing ses­sions and his per­son­al­ity, you don’t want him to leave.

It is un­set­tling for play­ers and with Brent­ford fight­ing for a play-off place, the club hi­er­ar­chy need to nip this in the bud im­me­di­ately.

GO­ING? Mark War­bur­ton

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