The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sam El­liott

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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

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

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