Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ex-Ireland international Lee Carsley still in charge at Brentford as managerial appointment delayed

Lee Carsley
Lee Carsley

Brentford have confirmed Lee Carsley will remain in charge for Monday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bolton on Monday evening.

It was thought that Carsley, who has overseen five wins in seven games as temporary manager, would be replaced at the helm this week, but the process has taken longer than expected.

Phil Giles, the Bees' co-director of football, told the club's website: "In Lee's last post-match press conference he discussed the possibility that the Nottingham Forest game would be his last in charge.

"This was the expectation of both Rasmus Ankersen (fellow co-director) and myself. Lee's comments were made in good faith based on the conversations we held last week.

"Circumstances this week have meant that we haven't been able to make the change as originally anticipated. We will continue with our process to find the right long-term head coach for Brentford, rather than make a hasty appointment.

"Lee has done a superb job since taking charge in September and we look forward to our game with Bolton on Monday evening."

Carsley has always insisted he did not want the manager's job on a permanent basis. He looks likely to have an initial advisory role to the new coach before returning to his duties with the Brentford academy.

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