JUST SAY YOU’LL STAY BOSS, LEE!
ALAN McCORMACK has told Lee Carsley the entire Brentford squad want him to be their manager permanently – and warned that they intend to pester him until he finally relents!
The Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October is the Bees’ reluctant hero.
The former Everton midfielder, 41, had led them to four successive victories before their sequence was finally ended on Tuesday night by Hull City, who went top.
Statistical analysis has been replaced by smiles but Carsley, who took over after Marinus Dijkhuizen’s brief reign was terminated, isn’t quite sold.
He has agreed to stay on as manager until the end of the season but doesn’t go a week without reminding everyone that he won’t be extending his stay any longer than necessary, arguing that it’s not a role for a first-timer.
Bees fans won’t agree but there is a certain irony. Last season thenboss Mark Warburton was told he would be departing in the summer even if he took Brentford up.
This time, the boss they want has warned he’s doesn’t plan to stay in the hotseat regardless of if he takes them to the Premier League.
Midfielder McCormack believes his hesitancy stems from a desire to coach rather than manage.
The Irishman, 31, said:“The lads all want to see him take it, we want him to do the job on a long-term basis.
“What he has brought is a lot of positivity. If you watched us last year and at the start of this season, there was a complete difference in the tempo of how the team played. The old manager wanted a slower pace, but suddenly Lee has come in, changed that and you can see the benefits.
“We’re definitely more exciting to watch than we have been. I have spoken to Lee a couple of times about staying. He’s the same every time – the problem is he is mad on coaching.
“It’s the off-the-pitch stuff that managers have to do that he doesn’t like so much. I’m not sure he loves the organisational side of it, sitting in the office for hours on end each day – he just wants to be on the training pitch.
“You’ve got to respect his honesty but that doesn’t change the fact that every single player in the dressing room want him and only him – trust me, I’ve asked them all!
“He even gets on so well with the players that aren’t in the team. He creates a good atmosphere, he jokes about a lot and he’s almost one of the lads.We respond to that.
“We’ll keep trying to change his mind, we’re always thinking of ways. If he gets us promoted to the Premier League then he has to stay! If that doesn’t encourage him to stay nothing will.”
Meanwhile, former Republic of Ireland international Carsley has insisted he can’t take all the credit after landing his manager gong.
“I am very proud of the players,” he said. “This is really a team reward rather than a personal one. And every decision I have taken in the past month has been made between myself and my assistant Paul Williams. If I could cut the award in half, he would get the other half.”
Meanwhile, the Bees made it a double celebration as inspirational Irish midfielder Alan Judge, who turns 27 on Wednesday, claimed the Player of the Month accolade.
“He has been the outstanding player in the Sky Bet Championship this month and his focus is now on winning this in November, December and every month,” said Carsley.
“We have spoken internally that if he wants to be a full international, the consistency he has shown in the last month has to be replicated for ten,11,12 months. That is his target.”
GETTING STUCK IN: Brentford’s Alan McCormack, right, tackles QPR’s Daniel Tozser in the Bees’ 1-0 derby win last week WINNERS: Judge and Carsley HE’S GOT THE POWER: Brentford players want Lee Carsley to continue as boss