What a mess. Where next for team in an 808 state?

4 Oct

What a stinker of a Saturday. Trying to be nice about QPR for a forthcoming programme article. Sergio Aguero, just axed from my fantasy team, almost achieving brackets single handed after five goals for Manchester City at home to Newcastle. England getting dumped out of the rugby World Cup by Australia before the qualifying pools have even finished. And Brentford, the normal hope of some weekly sporting excitement, hit rock bottom with a morale sapping defeat at Derby County.

This assumes Brentford had much morale left to sap after a stint which has been turbulent, even by our standards. Thinking back to last season and Villagegate, I think this has been even worse. At least, then, we had a manager in Mark Warburton that the fans loved and a fit squad of a quality we’d never seen before. Likewise, the team were playing scintillating football. And although the game at Charlton was probably the real low point, performance wise, we came back to reach the play offs.

However, the events of the previous ten days, and I begin with last Thursday, have probably surpassed that in sheer incompetence. I say last Thursday, because that’s when Cliff Crown, Rasmus Ankersen, Phil Giles and Mark Devlin sat in front of the fans to tell us how wonderful everything was. Marinus was there, too. That’ll be Marinus our head coach who, with the supporters out of the way, was subsequently dismissed three days later.

Despite two statements and a probing interview with our director of football (sorry, Phil, but there doesn’t seem to be anything ‘co’ about this relationship – at least, in public) we are still none the wiser as to why he went – beyond a ‘fundamentally different approach to training’. Likewise, why such a positive message had been given just days earlier.

Just what changed on the training ground on Friday?

Apparently it was nothing about results on the pitch – a good thing too, given we’ve lost both games since Lee Carsley has taken over. Lee, don’t forget, a man who has openly said he didn’t ask for the role or particularly want to go into management.

I feel for him, genuinely, and don’t want to paint Lee as any sort of bad guy. Likewise, when even the senior players are apologising on social media after the game then there has to be something intrinsically wrong in the camp.

Harlee and the Judge - not a 70s cop show but comments from our senior player

Harlee and the Judge – not a 70s cop show but comments from our senior players

I don’t envy Lee the task of trying to turn this around. The highlights, such as they are, present a sorry picture of missed tackles and one way traffic. Fairplay to the 808 Brentford fans who made the trip to Derby. I’d love to have been amongst you; part of me is glad I wasn’t – and that’s an awful thing to have to admit.

Instead, I had Beesplayer where it was literally the match and not much else. I.T. problems at the front end meant things didn’t start until about 2.45 and then the commentary team, I’m sure for legitimate reasons, couldn’t get off air quick enough.

There was barely time for Mark Burridge to ask the erudite Mark Chapman for any final words before the plug was pulled. Even Ciaran Brett, who had earlier given us the somewhat eye watering image that, “There’s a lot of Adam Forshaw in Ryan Woods”, didn’t get the chance of a further look in.

It’s a shame, because this is one time when some genuine discussion from the team about what had unfolded would have been very welcome. Instead, it was left to social media for more opinion and, for me, reviewing this Beesotted have hit it squarely on the head.

Fan feeling about the Derby game is summarised in one tweet

Fan feeling about the Derby game is summarised in one tweet

Plus points?

  1. We have two weeks off. Lee can get some serious one on one time with the squad and see what magic he can work on the players ahead of the home match with Rotherham United.
  2. At least we have already beaten Bristol City and Preston – two teams who seem in even worse shape than us.
  3. We didn’t concede in the second half. And almost scored.
  4. For all we are in a dark place now, the gap to the play offs is only ten points. And that’s not meant as an incentive for promotion but more an indication of how tight the table currently remains.

And this, for me, is the key point in all this. We’re ten games in, the table has taken shape and it doesn’t look pretty. BUT….if we can get our players back and a run together, then there is all the time and the space available to start climbing.

Let’s be honest, this time last year most supporters would have taken finishing ‘fourth bottom’ as a good thing. We ended up coming fifth. Personally, I felt we always had it in us to go all the way and said as much. Right now I’d bite your hand off for that previous aspiration.

Equally, I think we are better than that but in a campaign where rather than gelling as I had hoped we would, the team have only looked worse, you need to start somewhere.

‘Aim for fourth bottom’ is hardly a motivational message up their with the Olympic standard ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ . Equally, we need to be realistic, based on current events. Right now I’d love, with a two week break, if Rasmus, Cliff and the rest of the gang could host another fans’ forum.

Some might argue it is too close to the last one but, equally, so much has changed since then and supporter feeling is at a level I’ve never experienced before. That, in itself, is bonkers considering how excited we should be with the Bees back in the Championship and given a chance to consolidate. What harm would it do to face up to the fans for an additional ‘catch up’? At least, then, nobody could complain they haven’t been given the opportunity to speak?

Failing that, why not do an interview with Billy, Dave and the Beesotted camera rather than ‘club official’? As ‘voice of the fans’, they’re never shy and usually have their finger on the pulse.

Beesotted: Billy is never one to hold back (sorry Dave - I've no 'file photo')

Beesotted: Billy is never one to hold back (sorry Dave – I’ve no ‘file photo’)

We’ve chosen to go down this route and nobody said it would be easy but right now, with the approach hardly reaping rewards – and these things do take time – then if it is one we are to persist with, survival has to be the primary objective.

And that’s a sad thing to be saying this early into a season that had promised so much following the previous campaign.

Nick Bruzon

12 Responses to “What a mess. Where next for team in an 808 state?”

  1. gordonbankole October 4, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    A shambolic week. Nothing else to be said really, though no doubt the usual suspects will come on with their customary doom and gloom accusations. If this is the case, the club shouldn’t be giving us so much ammunition…

  2. Old Bees Fan October 4, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    Never say ‘never again’
    Almost 52 years to the day , on Saturday 12 October 1963 to be exact , after losing 2-5 at home to Bristol Rovers that is what I said and so boycotted the next match
    Three days later on Tuesday 15 October the Bees beat Wrexham 9-0
    Don’t make the mistake that I made
    Rotherham had better watch out.

  3. RebelBee October 4, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Not with this current team mate, they simply aren’t good or lucky enough!

    This past week has been disastrous & embarrassing in equal measure. 5 years of sensible planning to build BFC on & off the pitch undone by a vanity project. Rasmus seems to be running the show now, be afraid people.

    • Rodi October 4, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

      • hobbo October 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

        Its time for you to cut to the quick Rodi and mention those two magic words, BENHAM OUT.

  4. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) October 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    I agree. This week was probably worse than Villagegate. We have an incredible ability to not only shoot ourselves in the foot, but probably in the knee as well.

    Things seem to be going along reasonably enough with Marinus, baring in mind everything he has had to put up with, and with little complaint. The claim that he was fired for training issues. I guess if the club gave him a training pitch in a fit state it would have helped. Then the sacking, much to everyones bemusement and instant ridicule from Cottee & Gale on Sky who were more or less laughing at us. And then 2 very abject performances under a head coach who is ‘meh’ about the job. It has been a low week.

    Until this week, it wasnt clear who was running things at the club as it appeared we had taken on the management structure of a Nigerian drug cartel. But up stepped Rasmus, who according to his Twitter account is the chairman of Miggieland, and then co-director of the Bees. At least we now know where to find the guy in charge of things now when things go wrong. Denmark.

    • nickbruzon October 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      “The management structure of a Nigerian drug cartel” – if only you’d write an entire column. Please….!!!

      • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) October 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

        Ill leave you to write the columns! I just come up with the occasional gag! although I’ve not been laughing much this past week.

  5. Chuma October 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    I take offense at the ‘Nigerian drug cartel’ remark….we(Nigerians), are not that disorganised in our drug game, ‘oil and gas’ cartel would be closer to the mark.

    • RebelBee October 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      Very good Chuma, made me smile.

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