Warburton: Brentford will entertain their way to the Championship
New Brentford boss Mark Warburton has told his players to make sure they entertain the fans and results will look after themselves.
The 51-year-old former Bees sporting director stepped out of the backroom shadows to take over from departed boss Uwe Rosler this week, with ex-Liverpool academy chief Frank McParland filling his old position in the Griffin Park hieracrchy.
Warburton takes charge with Brentford fourth in League One table after winning seven of their last eight league games under their former manager, who sealed a move to Championship side Wigan Athletic at the weekend.
And, while the ex-Watford academy coach admits it is a case of stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire, he is confident he already has the resources to secure promotion this term.
“My wife thinks I’m insane for taking the job,” he said.
“Sporting director is more secure, absolutely, but you only live once.
“I truly believe in the strenghth of our squad. I think we can get promotion this year. We are good enough to do that.
“I couldn’t live with myself if I turned this chance down.”
He added: “You’d like to think we have got enough quality in the squad. I love working with the players and love watching them play.
“If we can go out and entertain the fans that means we are playing creative attacking football.
“If the boys are enjoying themselves and they are entertaining the fans, then I think we have enough quality to be successful.”
Some supporters have questioned the appointement in terms of Warburton’s lack of managerial experience, but Rosler recommended Warburton as his replacement, while ex-Bees boss Nick Forster has also backed his former first team coach.
“I learned a huge amount off him in terms of structuring training sessions,” he said.
“He has a lot of coaching experience and the players really responded to him as results showed during my time in charge. I think it is a natural progression for him to take charge.”
Warburton hopes he is given time, but knows it is up to his players to perform.
“I hope the fans are patient with us, but we’ve got to get the team playing,” he added, ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Oldham Athletic.
“There are no easy games in this division, but delivering a performance each week is what it is about.”
One of Warburton’s first tasks will be to negotiate the January transfer window and he says he has learned from the mistakes of last term.
“We could have done with a bit more in the budget for the final leg, so we must make sure we have flexibility,” he said.
“The squad does not need major surgery, but we’ve got to get good quality cover and that will be our job in January. If we can keep some money back for later then we have done our job.”
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