BEN­HAM: WE MADE MAR­I­NUS MIS­TAKE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BRENT­FORD owner Matthew Ben­ham ad­mits the Cham­pi­onship club only have them­selves to blame for their dis­as­trous ap­point­ment of Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen as head coach in the sum­mer.

The Dutch­man was sacked by the Bees last month af­ter win­ning just two of the first eight games of the sea­son.

In his pre­vi­ous job at Ex­cel­sior, Di­jkhuizen led them to pro­mo­tion to the Dutch Ere­di­visie and kept them in the top flight.

“We did a lot of re­search and looked at his record,” Ben­ham said.“One of the big mis­takes we made is that we got quite far down the line and were pretty com­mit­ted and then we got a very bad ref­er­ence.We dis­counted it.

“The bad ref­er­ence was from the agent of some­one who was a sub­sti­tute in his team. We said ‘Of course it’s a bad ref­er­ence, he’s bit­ter about not play­ing. We can ig­nore that’. It is a mis­take I have made many times over the years in bet­ting.

“Once you are com­mit­ted to a bet and you get some ev­i­dence that goes against it, you eas­ily dis­miss it. The ref­er­ence didn’t agree with our views, so we ig­nored it.”

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