Cars­ley has chance to put down marker

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

WHO’S to blame for Brent­ford chang­ing their head coach al­ready? It’s hard to look past the owner of the club. Matthew Ben­ham de­cided to re­move Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen just eight games into the sea­son.

Let’s be hon­est, the club had a per­fectly good man­ager in Mark War­bur­ton and they let him walk out the door. I’ve spo­ken to him and lis­tened to him many times and he’s very im­pres­sive.

I know Mark didn’t play at a high level, but the way he is in busi­ness, the way he con­ducts him­self, the way he speaks and the peo­ple he brings in around him shows it can work.


He’s a very in­tel­li­gent man. There’s a space in the game for peo­ple like him be­cause there’s so much out there to learn.

You have to won­der what the Brent­ford fans think. How can you get rid of a man­ager who has over-achieved be­cause you’ve got some­one in the hi­er­ar­chy who be­lieves in stats and that play­ers should be signed on the amount of passes they’ve made and how far they’ve run?

If you get too in­volved, as they’ve done, then you end up with egg on your face. It’s a bit like when a player has done fan­tas­ti­cally well, scores week-in, week-out, but doesn’t fit in with the cul­ture of the club, so he’s al­lowed to leave. He just goes to another club and keeps scor­ing.

Rangers is a big­ger club than Brent­ford. Mark has gone up to Scot­land with big­ger ex­pec­ta­tions on him and, so far, it seems it’s just like get­ting back on a bike or swing­ing a golf club.

He’s con­tin­ued his suc­cess and all credit to him. I’ve got so much re­spect for him in what he’s done in busi­ness and his ca­reer.

The way he con­ducted him­self last sea­son, when he knew he was leav­ing, even if they won pro­mo­tion to the Premier League, was first class. A lot of man­agers would have spat out their dummy and made a lot of ex­cuses.


He wasn’t one. He kept his cool and put his own per­sonal emo­tions to the side for the good of his play­ers. Back at Brent­ford, it’s a big job for Lee Cars­ley and at least it’s nice to see he’s been given the role un­til the end of the sea­son. He’s said he doesn’t want it any longer than that.

It’s dif­fi­cult.You’re al­ways look­ing for a road into man­age­ment and, some­times, things don’t hap­pen when you want them to. If you’re talk­ing about a club, like Brent­ford, where the play­ers are signed for you, then that’s not easy.

Lee might be in the sit­u­a­tion where he thinks,‘If I can do well, other doors might open’.You’ve got to get your foot in the first door, though and it’s prob­a­bly a chance he couldn’t turn down.

There are man­agers now, like Nigel Wor­thing­ton and Lawrie Sanchez, who had in­ter­na­tional jobs and then had to drop down.

When you’ve had a bad run, you’ve got to get your­self back in the frame again.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

NEW BOY: Brent­ford man­ager Lee Cars­ley with Birm­ing­ham boss Gary Rowett on Tues­day night. INSET: Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen, top, and Matthew Ben­ham

Adam Virgo


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