New Bees boss will find Nico on a roll

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Gil­lott

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.”

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