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Matthew Benham swings the axe as Marinus waves goodbye

28 Sep

On Saturday he finally gave us a wave. Little did Bees fans realise it would turn out to be a wave goodbye. Just a day before we entertain Birmingham City, and hot off the heels of that agonising last minute defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford have parted company with head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen (along with his assistant Roy Hendriksen).

‘Parted company’ – presumably the diplomatic term for ‘sacked’ – is something which has taken pretty much everybody (Marinus included) by as much surprise as his original signing. But was it the right move?

Marinus - all over after less than four months

Marinus – all over after less than four months

A record of four defeats in the opening eight league games, along with the League cup humiliation at home to Oxford United, was hardly the stuff of a solid start. Moreso, given the high on which we finished the last campaign – almost pulling off a shock promotion to the Premiership.

But there were so many factors outside of his control. The atrocious pitch, which eventually saw the Birmingham City game postponed, hardly augured well. Then there were the injuries – how could one person be so unlucky? Josh McEachran was broken before he even played a game. Jota was crocked by Dougie in the season opener. Andreas Bjelland lasted 45 minutes before being written off for the season whilst Maxime Colin, who offered so much in such a short space of time, was yet another to fall foul of the training ground ‘jinx’.

Combine this with the loss, through transfer, of Stuart Dallas, Moses Odubajo and the free scoring Andre Gray to really see just how hard we’ve been hit from a personnel perspective.

Equally, Marinus just wasn’t Mark Warburton. Whoever followed the (now) Rangers manager was on a hiding to nothing. Warbs reeked of popularity with the vast majority of Brentford supporters. His success after taking over from Uwe was there for all to see whilst the dignified manner in which he carried himself after February’s ‘Village-gate’ affair only strengthened that bond further.

Warbs - had huge success, even if no Plan B, at Griffin Park

Warbs – had huge success, even if no Plan B, at Griffin Park

But if Warbs had the supporters in the palm of his hand, the apparent lack of touchline body language from Marinus was the polar opposite and made it hard for some fans to bond with him.

Ultimately, it is results that count. Not only had we lost 5 out of 9 competitive fixtures but to fall behind in all but one of them tells it’s own story. The negative brand of possession-based football was frustrating to watch – moreso when that possession was largely in our final third at the expense of genuine attacking intent.

When Marinus pushed the team up we looked a threat – the problem was it took so long to get there. Yet there must have been enough to persuade Matthew Benham to bring him to Griffin Park in the first place. And having spotted this, why end the arrangement so quickly? Surely he would have known what he was going to get?

Was it the results? The very open arrangement he had with the press where the refreshingly honest answering of questions was everything we’d come NOT to expect from a football manager? Or were words exchanged behind the scenes?

I doubt we’ll know for a while, if at all. The club’s opening statement revealed little whilst the subsequent follow up from Chairman Cliff Crown focused more on his successor until the end of the season, Lee Carsley, rather than any real explanation.

The one positive to take from all of this is that we didn’t have a repeat of last season where rumours of a parting of the ways with Mark Warburton were at first ignored, then rebuffed in the bizarre ‘village’ statement before eventually being confirmed a few days later. Although the news has been handled with all the subtlety of a breezeblock, at least this has been dealt with quickly. Moreso given the simultaneous availability of Steve Evans.

Steve Evans - no longer at Rotherham

Steve Evans – also all the subtlety of a breezeblock

I feel desperately sorry for Marinus. He came across as a genuinely likeable bloke and has seen the pitch, and squad, fall apart around him. His press conferences and post match interviews were compelling stuff but, in the end, that wasn’t enough.

Instead, Lee Carsley takes charge and in that wonderful symmetry that football so often throws up, his first game will be against former club Birmingham City.

Life is never dull at Griffin Park, that’s for sure. Now, what price a second home win of the season on Tuesday night? (6/5, for the record).

Nick Bruzon

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Could Barry Ferguson’s words about Brentford come back to haunt him?

9 Jun

Forget about the ‘in play’, it’s all about Glasgow Rangers and Brentford today. Despite my well documented ineptitude at football betting (it’s bad enough that half time on TV is ruined by Ray Winstone’s disembodied head and geezer-shtick without paying for the privilege) the boredom of the summer months has seen some internet based research on that most hopeless of tasks.

And by research, I mean nothing more scientific than checking out the latest odds. Primarily on the Bees but also on Glasgow Rangers where Warbs is the bookie’s choice to be named the new manager at Ibrox. This, after admitting he has already spoken to the club and would take David Weir with him as assistant. Checking this morning, he is 1/6 on with even David being the third favourite (now THAT would be an interesting role reversal).

To be honest, it’s nothing really to do with us anymore but until Marinus has had a decent chance to get his feet under the table, Warbs’ popularity and success with Brentford means it is still somewhat tricky not to associate him with Griffin Park. All being well, Rangers’ chairman Dave King will name him shortly and then we can all move on.

 

To read the rest of this article, season 2015/16 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full, as :   Ready. Steady. Go Again. : Brentford FC season review 2015 – 2016

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

But wait, like all the best infomercials, there’s more. The last three seasons of the Last Word : Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup; Tales from the football village and Ready. Steady. Go Again are also available in one combined volume as: 

Brentford Football Club – The Bees are going up. Season reviews: 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 

We did. And we still are ! 

As summer looms there is a plan B…and a plan C

6 Jun

Things are tough being a Brentford fan at this time of the year. With the League campaign not due to kick off until the weekend of 8/9 August, the next two months loom ahead as a long and painful wait. What has already seemed an interminable amount of time since Bournemouth were crowned champions and Norwich City beat Middlesbrough in the play offs promises to be all the worse as summer drags.

Actually, let me quantify that opening line slightly. This isn’t a scenario totally unique to Brentford. We weren’t alone in coming ‘so close’ and there are as many other teams who must be chomping at the bit to get started once more (Middlesbrough, I’m sure, having a point to prove) .

Likewise, for those who did make it. Without a doubt there will be more than one Bournemouth fan with their eyes on the local newsagent for when those first packets of Panini stickers are released.

The possibility of seeing the Sam Saunders tan immortalised in sticker form for all time is just too great an opportunity missed and so I’m desperate for us to restart and, all being well, go one(or two) better.

To read the rest of this article, season 2015/16 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full, as :   Ready. Steady. Go Again. : Brentford FC season review 2015 – 2016

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

But wait, like all the best infomercials, there’s more. The last three seasons of the Last Word : Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup; Tales from the football village and Ready. Steady. Go Again are also available in one combined volume as: 

Brentford Football Club – The Bees are going up. Season reviews: 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 

We did. And we still are ! 

 

 

Bees go Double Dutch to welcome in new era

2 Jun

In the end it was the least surprising managerial news since David Moyes got the boot from Manchester United or the rumours surrounding Mark Warburton were confirmed back in February. Marinus Dijkhuizen, from Eredivisie club S.B.V. Excelsior, has been appointed as the new head coach of Brentford football club. Coming with him “to assist” (presumably the deputy-head) is fellow Dutchman Roy Hendriksen.

Marinus’ name had been tossed around the media and social networks all last week, so his eventual appointment had been widely anticipated.

There was to be no shock out of leftfield although this is a bold enough step in the future of the football club as it is (especially considering the short term expectation levels he will be under in the eyes of some supporters, given the excellent two years under Warb’ guidance).

The official club site has the full interview with him here, although there can’t be many who haven’t already been through this with a fine toothed comb to see what nuggets they can glean about the new man.

 

To read the rest of this article, season 2015/16 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full, as :   Ready. Steady. Go Again. : Brentford FC season review 2015 – 2016

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

But wait, like all the best infomercials, there’s more. The last three seasons of the Last Word : Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup; Tales from the football village and Ready. Steady. Go Again are also available in one combined volume as: 

Brentford Football Club – The Bees are going up. Season reviews: 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 

We did. And we still are !