It’s been emotional – but where next for Warbs?

21 May

Leeds United have got their man. Again. Yesterday’s appointment of former Brentford manager Uwe Rösler marks their fifth head coach in a year, following stints for Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn. It is a strike rate from Leeds head honcho Massimo Cellino that makes even Spanish football look stable by comparison but, this time, I’d suggest United do have a good choice.

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further on.

Uwe is announced - looking a bit like a 'celebrity graduate' getting an honorary degree

Uwe is announced – looking a bit like a ‘celebrity graduate’ getting an honorary degree

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11 Responses to “It’s been emotional – but where next for Warbs?”

  1. Rod Davidson May 21, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    Spot on! I have rarely come across such a man in public life. Perhaps it was his professional ‘city’ upbringing but how often do you hear someone give unflinching support to those who have won out against you. Clearly a man of immense integrity Mark Warburton always said the right thing. He was clearly very loyal to his players and respected by them in return. In more recent interviews he was ‘baited’ time and time again to declare his unhappiness. Did he heck! Well done Mark Waburton! A fine man, you managed Brentford to the very best of your ability and you have gained immense respect from the vast majority of Brentford supporters.

    • nickbruzon May 21, 2015 at 7:38 am #

      Cheers Rob. And wonderfully well put yourself. Mark will go down in Brentford legend

    • RebelBee May 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Absolutely spot on, nailed it!

  2. Rob May 21, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Not perfect, but hugely impressive and in only 18 months of his managerial vocation will continue to learn and improve.

    A bright forward thinking manager with different life skills and experience he can bring to the job that sets him apart from the rest. Someone who for a small club unable to compete with the big boys financially will get the most out of his team using a combination of statistical analysis and conventional methods, and who has proven exceptional man management. Conducts himself with integrity and humility in everything he does.

    Sign him up Bees……

    • nickbruzon May 21, 2015 at 8:05 am #

      Well said Rob – THANK you very much. I’m so intrigued to see where Warbs ends up and how well he does

  3. Alec May 21, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    Since Uwe is joining us at Leeds, Warbs would be more than welcome to get back under him as assistant, we’re on the lookout. Or better yet, how about sporting director?

  4. Brentfordbear May 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Glasgow Rangers (??!!), …….interested on your views on that comment however suspect it is a negative one which is a shame given your excellent (and previous) article(s).

    • nickbruzon May 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      Not sure I follow how it is negative? A bit left field for me but take anything on board. Cheers

  5. Roger Greenaway May 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Excellent summary. It is exactly how I picture him. Very good man Manager and superb at dealing with the media. I listened to his views on two occasions on SSPN and was impressed with his knowledge on football generally. It is a shame that he could not fit in with the new plan but it has convinced me that with our limitations we have to do something different. I accept that, in the main, the usual type of Manager/ Coach model does not work. The average ( Not Leeds Utd ) span of 18 Months tenure leads to yet another clear out of players and another short term fix and so on. I am so glad that MB wants to go another way and I can’t wait to see it succeed . The Bees in the Premiership is something I never thought I would be able to see. I’ve always envied supporters that can say ” oh that was the year we won the cup ” Maybe we can say that too one day.

    Warbs did have a problem with subs as you mention. There were times when the situation demanded an earlier change. I was impressed with Sunderlands changes yesterday at half time which could have won the game. Also agree that Warbs should have gone for more strike power in the January window. There were loads of times when for all our possession we just could not put the ball in the net. Andre did far more than expected but he needed more help than Chris Long especially when it became obvious that Hogan was never gonna make it.

  6. RebelBee May 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Firstly well done on devoting a piece to Mark, this was badly needed to mark his departure. The final look over the shoulder as he walked away at Boro on Friday was emotional for me, and a sad end to a beautiful period at BFC – whatever comes next things will never be the same – of that I’m certain.

    After the shabby way in which Uwe finally left us, MW’s appointment came as a bit of a surprise and he wasn’t top of my list at the time, so glad I was wrong and that MB was right to be fair. I was never a big Rosler fan and found his football to be dull, predictable and I never warmed to his manner. Then Warburton, players instantly released from their chains and a wave of attacking positivity from day 1 – blowing away almost everyone through to that glorious promotion – his promotion! This then followed by the most memorable season that most living fans can remember, owner, staff, fans all pulling together as BFC was rising again – never a small club but now finally regaining the attention of the footballing world.

    Bump, then in Feb the self inflicted shambles that finally resulted in the shocking news that Mark was on his way regardless of the outcome of the season. Can we imagine how hard it must have been to stay dignified and to keep the team so focussed through to a play off finish. In an industry of mercenaries and money grabbers he just did his job and saw it through as promised.

    Mark wasn’t perfect – yes there were things he could and would have improved upon, however he wasn’t any old manager – he was special, not someone I felt would walk at the 1st decent offer, loyal to his owner, his supporters and his players. Indeed I felt maybe the only role that would finally prise him away from GP would be one with the national team.

    Mark & David Weir will get a great job, and be successful in it. I fear it will be our loss and however successful the new model turns out to be, we are diminished without his human qualities. He goes with my thanks for the best 18 months I’ve known in all the years of following our great club. Our finest post war manager – we will miss him.

  7. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) May 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Quite simply the best post-war manager we have had.

    Fans have been ridiculously over critical of him. Name me one manager who would be considered perfect? Even Sir Alex had plenty of duff signings, results, and games he got tactically wrong. Although Nick, your piece is very clearly tongue-in-cheek and characteristics we all recognise in Warbs.

    Mention also to David Weir. This was clearly a partnership. His knowledge, coaching and passion were always clear to see, and the club will miss him just as much as Warbs. Always enjoyed how Warbs would stand back and let Weir mix it up with slow opposition full backs and over excitable away coaches.

    One thing that is certain, that Warbs has the most positive and frequent use of thumbs since the Fonz.

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