Thursday 29 September 2016

Carsley new Brentford boss

Published 29/09/2015 | 02:30

Former Republic of Ireland international Lee Carsley is given head coach role at Brentford
Former Republic of Ireland international Lee Carsley is given head coach role at Brentford

Former Ireland international Lee Carsley has been appointed head coach of Brentford. He replaces Dutchman Marinus Dijkhuizen, who has been sacked after only nine matches in charge, with the club 19th in the Championship.

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Brentford recruited Dijkhuizen in the summer following the controversial departure of Mark Warburton.

Warburton had steered the club to promotion from League One and into the Championship play-offs at the first attempt but left due to differences with owner Matthew Benham over the future direction of the club.

Ex-Everton midfielder Carsley (41), who had only recently agreed to coach England's U-19s, takes over with a ringing endorsement from chairman Cliff Crown.

"Lee has shown with the U-21s that he is an outstanding leader and his coaching work on the training ground has been hugely impressive," said Crown.

Carsley, whose previous coaching positions were at Coventry and Sheffield United, will take charge of Brentford for the first time against Birmingham tonight.

Irish Independent

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