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Gayle and adams would be enough for championship.  Get rid of wesley. Keep samatta as he has more potential along with keinan (he is never fit)

I think konsa and targett def keep. Dont rate hause that much get rid of him along with elmo. Engels id keep but i think he want to leave as will mings. Taylors no good another id let go

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I think Wesley could use a season or two in the championship - being thrown in with his 'potential' to lead the line in the prem was just too much, let alone he got injured. Honestly think he'll be a key part of the future and he for sure is not moving anywhere in the summer other than from one crutch to another. 

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A great write up on Brentford. A model that we must continue and build from whichever league we find ourselves in next season.

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London (AFP) - Brentford are pushing hard for a return to the English top flight after more than 70 years away, with head coach Thomas Frank highlighting their values-driven approach as one reason for the club's success.

The Londoners, renowned for their canny transfer dealings, are eyeing an automatic promotion spot after posting two straight wins following the return from the coronavirus lockdown.

Frank admits his side, third in the second-tier Championship behind slumbering giants Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion, would be in "dreamland" if they reached the Premier League.

On Tuesday Brentford, well-placed to qualify for the play-offs, travel to Reading, with seven games left of the regular season.

The west London club, who last appeared in the top division of English football in 1947, cannot boast the big crowds of their Championship rivals although they will soon be moving from Griffin Park to a new, larger stadium nearby.

But they have become renowned as a financially stable club who have used a data-driven recruitment model to buy low and sell high.

In April they posted a £20 million ($25 million) profit for the financial year to the end of June 2019. They returned a profit of more than £27 million from player sales, including John Egan to Sheffield United and Chris Mepham to Bournemouth.

- Character test -

Danish boss Frank told AFP that a big part of the ethos of the club is only buying players whose character fits.

"Our success is down to different things but character and values are key above anything else," said the 46-year-old.

"We scout players and if they tick that box (character and values) we sign them.

"We ask for character references on players, and if they don't tick that box then we do not sign them."

"Obviously in my job as a football manager it does help if they are slightly skilful," he joked.

Frank is quick to point out the debt the club owe to late technical director Robert Rowan, who died at the age of just 28 in November 2018. He had previously been the club's head of football operations.

"A hundred percent he (Rowan) was a big part of what we are trying to achieve," said Frank, who stepped up from his role as assistant boss after Dean Smith left for Aston Villa in October 2018.

"He built the foundations, he was a big part of that."

Frank said Rowan was never far from his thoughts.

"I have a picture of him in my living room," he said. "Every second day I look at him. Sometimes without thinking about it my eyes move onto the photo and I say 'Saturday was for you mate'."

- 'In the sunshine' -

Being humble and a team player are central to Frank's list of requirements at the club.

"For me, character is everything in life and I think Brentford and I share the same values," he said. "Attitude is a big, big thing, as in one's attitude to life.

"Confidence too, in achieving anything no matter what it is. To be the best coach or the best (Brentford) Community Trust worker you need to believe in yourself.

"Also to stay humble if you don't -- it can be tricky to succeed.

"To achieve things you can only do it together. Nobody can do it on their own, not even (Lionel) Messi. He needs great team-mates around him."

Frank said the ethos of the club during the UK's lockdown was reflected by the chairman and the board.

"The chairman (Cliff Crown) and the board members called maybe 1,000 of the Brentford season ticket-holders who are over 70 to see if they were OK," he said.

"It was important the example came from the top to the bottom."

The Brentford FC Community Sports Trust also got schoolchildren engaged in writing letters to elderly and vulnerable fans.

Frank is judging the best match report by local schoolchildren of their 3-0 win over Swansea City in October.

"I like the efforts the children have been putting into the competition," he said.

The former Brondby boss realises how lucky he is to be managing such a club but said the limelight does not always fall on those who deserve it more.

"We (managers) in the professional game are admired and in the sunshine because we are in the middle of everything," he said.

"They (the Community Trust coaches coaching local youngsters) are doing much more for society and the world."

 

 

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Mings will bust a nut to get out of Villa Park when we get relegated. Southgate has nailed his colours to the cross that players seeking to turn out for England must be playing in the Premier League. Mings will want to be in the squad for the postponed European Football championships, in 2021.

I could see him going on loan to one of the promoted sides.

Out of interest, Purslow said after promotion last year that we were 1 year ahead of the plan. I assume that by being relegated this season that we would then end up a year BEHIND the plan??

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5 pages already....this is a joke of a thread.  We are still in the PL on level points to be safe with a fifth of the season to go and Villa fans are doing this.  
 

Just an embarrassment to the club!

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4 minutes ago, nick76 said:

5 pages already....this is a joke of a thread.  We are still in the PL on level points to be safe with a fifth of the season to go and Villa fans are doing this.  
 

Just an embarrassment to the club!

Totally agree, there is still a number of twists in this season, we are no worse than the others down the bottom - Its who can find a couple of results

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Well, the club is in free fall currently. And I would be mortified if the club had not even begun the countenance the prospect of us being relegated and at least started making some plan for when the inevitable happens. But feel free to be embarrassed. Where are the points coming from?

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21 minutes ago, cb_82 said:

Totally agree, there is still a number of twists in this season, we are no worse than the others down the bottom - Its who can find a couple of results

We are in free fall with two points from the last 24 and no signs of it getting any better.

The only thing that's embarrassing is the way we are playing and going down with a whimper.

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28 minutes ago, nick76 said:

5 pages already....this is a joke of a thread.  We are still in the PL on level points to be safe with a fifth of the season to go and Villa fans are doing this.  
 

Just an embarrassment to the club!

Some are just happy to see it fail if it proves them right. We are still a Premier League team until otherwise.

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2 hours ago, Zatman said:

Wesley is a much better player than Che Adams 

Nah.

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5 minutes ago, Tomaszk said:

Nah.

Che Adams is a garbage player. 20 something games without a Premier League goal. Behind mighty Shane Long in the pecking order 😂

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32 minutes ago, jim said:

We are in free fall with two points from the last 24 and no signs of it getting any better.

The only thing that's embarrassing is the way we are playing and going down with a whimper.

No wonder.....fans have given up.  

Which came first, the chicken or egg.....who gave up first, the fans or the players.

Well I’m not giving up even if you guys have.

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43 minutes ago, Zatman said:

Che Adams is a garbage player. 20 something games without a Premier League goal. Behind mighty Shane Long in the pecking order 😂

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What does that make Wes.

 

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47 minutes ago, Zatman said:

Che Adams is a garbage player. 20 something games without a Premier League goal. Behind mighty Shane Long in the pecking order 😂

Imagine Wesley being fit at this stage of the season with no premier league goals. I think he would've been hounded out of Birmingham.

I think che Adams has been found out at this level whereas Wesley has shown glimpses he can cut it at this level.

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21 minutes ago, nick76 said:

No wonder.....fans have given up.  

Which came first, the chicken or egg.....who gave up first, the fans or the players.

Well I’m not giving up even if you guys have.

Well, looking at the performances it looks like the players have given up! If I saw a nit more fight and determination, I wouldn't be so negative.
 

I've seen nothing from them to suggest we can get out of this mess.

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IF we get relegated, I think we'll get promoted comfortably next season.

I won't repeat myself because I've said it in several other threads. But in short our position is far FAR stronger than it was last time we got relegated. I think this time we'd fair far better and be in the fight for the title

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We will probably get even more coverage as the lone  joke big club that is struggling  if Leeds go up. Expect a lot of games of us to be on the telly.

Away days are better in the championchops given the bigger allocations, even if the football is crap.

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