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THE FLP’s four­ball in the Football Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion golf day last Mon­day fin­ished where, if their start to the sea­son is any­thing to go by, Brent­ford will end up in the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son. Last.

Glenn Hod­dle and Harry Redknapp were among the more il­lus­tri­ous names in the field than yours truly, and they came to mind when news fil­tered through af­ter­wards that Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen had left Grif­fin Park.

Not as can­di­dates for the job. No chance. Can you imag­ine ei­ther be­ing in­ter­ested in owner Matthew Ben­ham’s sta­tis­ti­cal ap­proach to run­ning a football club?

The link was the Dutch­man’s pre­dec­ssor, Mark War­bur­ton; who has to go down as the most hard-done-by man­ager in English football history, hav­ing led Brent­ford from League One to fifth in the sec­ond tier last term.

Hod­dle lost his Eng­land job for non-football rea­sons, and I can’t be the only one think­ing he’d have got more out of the Golden Gen­er­a­tion if he’d been al­lowed to con­tinue.

Redknapp had taken Spurs to fourth in the Premier League when Daniel Levy felt his eye had been taken away from the White Hart Lane pitch. Three man­agers later, are Tot­ten­ham any bet­ter off? No.

The stan­dard of the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship isn’t that of its English equiv­a­lent, but War­bur­ton’s stats at Rangers look pretty good to me: P8 W8 D0 L0 Pts 24 be­fore the week­end.

As 50,000 fans sing his name, you could for­give a wry smile at his re­place­ment’s num­ber be­ing up.

REVERED: War­bur­ton

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