Writer: Martyn Edwards
Date:Monday February 21 2011
So, Brentford received 60 CVs for the vacant managers job following the somewhat controversial dismissal of Andy Scott, but what direction will they take with the new manager?
Discounting the inevitable submissions from misguided fans who believe they deserve the job after a few successful seasons on Championship Manager - guiding The Bees to European glory after pairing Karleigh Osborne with Rio Ferdinand at the back - what are the options available?
Sky's Natalie Sawyer disappointingly ruled herself out of the job on Twitter after some tongue in cheek suggestions the life long Bee was after the job following being spotted back at Griffin Park, for the game against fellow strugglers, Plymouth Argyle. I personally would have loved to have seen Brentford make the controversial step to appoint a female manger which would have made the whole lineswoman saga seem insignificant - since then a whole host of names, big and small have been linked with the post.
If rumours are to be believed, former manager and fan's favourite, Martin Allen put his name into the hat, however, not all second spells go as smoothly as the first, just ask Kevin Keeganů
What about the surprising submission from former Chelsea forward, Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink? It would be nice to have a big name at the helm, thrusting the club into the limelight of which it has been denied in recent years, but again, it`s not an idea in which I wish to endorse.
My suggestion lies a little closer to home, in the form of interim manager, Nicky Forster.
After he was made temporary manager, some fans questioned whether we should let a inexperienced man take charge, but with almost two decades in League Football, I would argue the lack of coaching badges does not render Forster inexperienced. You`re not in the game that long without picking up a wealth of understanding knowledge and some useful contacts on the way.
No one can argue that Forster has improved fortunes since taking over, with good results and performances against Exeter, Plymouth and Franchise MK, with confident football, which has certainly given the veteran forward a chance of bagging the job.
He has also improved the performances of certain players - for example Myles Weston once again looks like the player we all knew he could be after being more than a little anonymous during the last few months of Andy Scotts reign. He has also given Sam Saunders the chance he deserves - which he has taken with both hands - currently looking like one of the best players in Npower League One.
If such performances continue over the coming few games, I believe the relatively inexperience manger should be given the job, at least until the end of the season. After all, plenty of other teams -Bournemouth; Macclesfield, Tranmere and Scunthorpe- have all appointed managerial Rookies in recent years, all to great effect.
Most recently Bournemouth looked to inexperience, former player Eddie Howe, who despite his youthfulness and inexperience lead the South Coast club to the League Two Championship, proceeding to turn them into League One promotion contenders, before being named manager of Championship Burnley.
Bournemouth`s replacement was another player and club legend in the form of Lee Bradbury, who has maintained the clubs league form with the Cherries still in the thick of the automatic promotion hunt. Such cases suggest there is something to be said for employing a player as a manager, it can have the desired effect and was enough for Bournemouth to try their method again.
The only downside to Forster as manager is the fact that he will not play whilst he is in charge of the club, seeing it as impossible to do both jobs. This disappointment aside, I firmly believe he deserves the job.
So will it be Forca Forster, return of the 'Mad Dog`, or a Dutch brand of total football under Jimmy Floyd?
Only Time will tell.
This was Martyn's first piece for Beesotted, he can also be found on Twitter at martyn_edwards. Do you think Fossy should be given the job ? - have your say here in the forum
Date:Monday February 21 2011
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