My hope for Brentford is that you can secure a young up and coming gaffer to continue with the same footballing philosophy.
(Slightly off topic but I am desperate to get down to Griffin Park before the ground goes - are there still four pubs on four corners of a crossroads still?)
Oh... and Vital Bees. Please come back. As a Stockport County fan and knowing how it was Brentford fans who contributed the most money out of all clubs fans when we were in serious trouble ... I and quite a few County fans have a soft spot for your club.
Love to see this little community spark back into life again!
I have never known anything quite like this. The loss of a reasonably successful manager is usually seen as a disaster, and much hate is expressed for the club they are going to. It seems to me that everybody is quite relaxed about it, and also being very mature in so far as they are saying thanks and good luck, which is being much appreciated by the Villa fans.
I think it is a measure of how much people trust Matthew Benham. Brentford have a system, it is a well run club and we will find somebody to fit in and hopefully somebody who has some of the qualities that Dean Smith lacked. for example, his tactical match management has been perceived as lacking as well as an inability to profit from dominance and to close games out.
As somebody who goes back to the mid-fifties I must say that in addition to the emotional attachment that you get after all that history, I'm very proud to be a Brentford supporter today. I have had severe concerns after the Warburton, Dikhuizen and Academy events, and I am not a fan of both DF's but like everybody else right now I trust the owner. We might not get it 100% right but we are moving forward one way or another.
I lived near Stalybridge just off the Woodhead Road in the mid-seventies when we were both in the Fourth Division. I came to Edgeley Park and seem to remember a 1-1, but I'm not sure. Hope things get better for you.
I think Thomas Frank is a very good appointment, much better than a big name. He knows the club and the players so we get continuity, and then they can recruit an assistant to cover his weak areas, which they should already know. It is not guaranteed to work but it has a good chance.