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Brentford: A Team on the Rise

When Brentford fans heard just over midway through the season that their manager Andy Scott, the man who had taken them from the bottom tier of the Football League and given them the security to become a mid table outfit, had been sacked, some Bees fans thought that the move was stupid, while some others though that it was a time for a change due to some unimpressive results in the weeks before his sacking. In the following months, striker Nicky Forster took over the reins, in which he took the club to a 11th place finish & lost a narrowly contested Johnstone Paint’s Trophy final to Carlisle. However, Bees fans were shocked to hear that he also failed to land the manager’s job permanently.


Even the most optimistic Brentford fan would of thought that a quality manager to help them in League 1 for the upcoming seasons. Step forward former East Germany & Manchester City centre forward Uwe Rosler. Having managed Norwegian sides Lillestrom, Viking & Molde successfully, his contract wasn’t renewed after saving Molde from relegation, when he stated that he would like to become a manager of a side in the English leagues in the near future. He said in his first Griffin Park press conference that he wanted to achieve promotion & add continental flair to Brentford, like Brighton’s boss Gus Poyet, who has achieved an enormous amount of success in charge of the South Coast side.


Last year, Brentford had a squad that was typical of a mid table side. No striker that would score you 15-20 goals a season, a reliance on some loan players e.g. Schlupp, Neilson or Tudor Jones & a starting eleven that constantly changed. However, Rosler has used the transfer market well to make what looks like a squad that could challenge for promotion or more realistically, the play offs. St Pauli centre back Marcel Eger, former Manchester City full back Shaulem Logan, Ex Leeds & Swindon captain Jonathan Douglas, Northern Ireland winger Niall McGinn & League 2’s top scorer last year in Clayton Donaldson have added defensive stability, creativeness in midfield & a natural goal scorer upfront. Add this to former Watford players in keeper Richard Lee & central midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, Charlton targets Karleigh Osbourne & Leon Legge & goal scoring midfielder Myles Weston & you have an impressive squad.


When Gus Poyet took over at Brighton, they had been battling against relegation for a few seasons & like Brentford, looked like the club was going nowhere. However, with some Continental flair & some impressive signings, the South Coast side became a force to be reckoned with & won promotion easily in the end. If Uwe Rosler wants to become a successful manager & work his way up the English leagues, with or without Brentford, taking a leaf out of Gus Poyet’s notebook would be the start of what could be a successful season for the London outfit.


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