New Bees boss will find Nico on a roll
BRENTFORD are preparing to play under a new regime, but Nico Yennaris insists it’s business as usual ahead of their clash with Bolton.
The Bees have reportedly sounded out Swansea assistant boss Pep Clotet as the man to take the club forward, after taking their time to appoint Marinus Dijkhuizen’s successor as head coach.
Lee Carsley has been a steady hand on the tiller ever since, but he revealed that last week’s win over Nottingham Forest would be his last in temporary charge.
Right-back Yennaris said:“The squad are still focused because we’ve had it explained to us what is going to happen.
“We’re just getting on with it and waiting for whoever it is to come in. The mentality and the focus of the squad hasn’t changed and our mind is on Bolton.”
Yennaris, 22, has been one of the biggest beneficiaries since Dijkuizen got the boot – stringing together eight games after spending time on loan with Wycombe at the end of last season.
“I’ve never doubted I could play at this level,” Yennaris added. “It’s nice to get the opportunity to get the run of games.”
Centre-back Harlee Dean is ruled out after receiving a three-match ban for his red card against Forest, though Josh McEachran, Jota and Maxime Colin are edging closer to fitness.
Meanwhile, bottom-club Bolton’s off-field distractions could be about to come to a head as insolvency specialist Trevor Birch continues his hunt for a new owner.
According to Birch, current owner Eddie Davies will write off £185m worth of loans to speed up the club’s sale.
Shola Ameobi is hoping his work on the pitch will seal him a new contract, with his current one ending in January.
“If you work hard and try to do the right things, then it will turn round,” said the 34-year-old striker.
“We have fight in the team, and I‘ve certainly got fight to help this club out of the situation we’re in.”