Delighted Brentford boss hails players

Brentford’s new manager Mark Warburton hailed his players after they ended a tumultuous week with a 1-0 victory over Oldham.

The former Bees sporting director took charge of the club on Monday after Uwe Rosler left to become the new boss at Wigan.

Warburton admitted it had been a challenging time for the squad but praised their attitude after they extended their unbeaten run to nine league games.

“The victory was testament to the players – they’ve had a week of upheaval and uncertainty and it’s always difficult when a manager changes,” he said.

“Their attitude and character was first-class today and the result was testament to the fitness staff too. We’ve scored a lot of late goals and did that again today.

“The first challenge has been reassuring the players. Uwe had a great relationship with the guys, he was a good man-manager and a warm personality.

“It was important to put minds at rest in terms of what’s happened – the decision made by the owner, why we hope it’s beneficial and what the plans are going forward.

“If you can remove doubt from the players’ minds it’s enormously helpful, but they’re great and the young players have really matured.

“We’ve been keeping training nice and bright for them, lots of continuity, keeping things as normal as possible but adding my own fingerprint and hopefully it’s worked well.”

Warburton, who was previously head of Watford’s youth academy, has undertaken his first managerial position after almost two years as Brentford’s sporting director.

“It’s been different but I loved it out there today,” he added.

“Walking out in front of the fans is new to me and my cheeks blushed but I have to thank them for their support – they were tremendous.”



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