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Uwe's second-year syndrome

6 September 2012

By Tony Leighton

After a promising managerial debut season in England, Brentford manager Uwe Rosler is looking to lead the npower League 1 Bees towards the Championship.

The former Manchester City striker, who spent six years managing in Norway before joining Brentford 15 months ago, guided his team to the brink of the Play-Offs last term before they fell away in the final few games.

The Bees eventually finished three places outside the Play-Offs, but that was a better effort than in the season before the 43-year-old German took over at Griffin Park.

Reflecting on his first season in charge, while looking to build on his team's start to the new campaign - the Bees have taken five points from four games to date - Rosler said: "I think we were in many ways pleased with last season.

"We got better results, we played better football and we shortened the distance to the Play-Offs from the previous year by a considerable amount.

"It was five points [that Brentford finished below the Play-Off places] and the year before it was 12. We had a higher number of supporters in the stadium on average and we sold more sponsorship, so I think there were many, many positive things.

"But we want to be better than last year, there's no question about that. We want to progress in terms of our performances and results and in terms of in our position in the table when the season ends on the 27th of April 2013."

As he looks to extend his team's promotion push right through to that final day of the season this time round, Rosler has signed several new players to strengthen his squad but is nevertheless having to work within tight financial limits.

"We have the budget that this club has had for the last four years," noted Rosler, "but we are trying to do things a little bit different this season.

"With the focus we have spent on our youth academy, we are now starting to get results with it, and with new players in the development squad that is the future of this club. Brentford Football Club cannot buy themselves into the Championship.

"We have to do it our way. Now and then we will spend a transfer fee, but we have a lot of youngsters [coming through] and a lot of them will get the chance to play."

The mixture of experience and youth in Rosler's 2012/13 team has so far brought a mixed bag of League 1 results, the best of them a 5-1 thrashing of Crewe Alexandra, while there has been just one defeat - to joint leaders Yeovil Town.

"It has been too much of an up-and-down start to the season for us," said Rosler, "but I can see some improvements on last year and I am very optimistic for this season."

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