Lee Carsley replaced Marinus Dijkhuizen as Brentford head coach on Monday, and his first game comes on Tuesday against Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship.The Bees are 19th in the division with only two wins from their first eight outings, with that early-season form forcing changes at the club.
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Carsley - an ex-Birmingham player - took his first training session on Monday and then set out his aims as Brentford head coach, with an attacking philosophy at the forefront.
“I want to see us dominate the ball,” the 41-year-old, who has been given the job until the end of the season, told brentfordfc.co.uk.
“I also want to see us play fast football. I like to go forward, break lines with passes, plenty of shots, crosses; I want to enjoy watching them play with energy, enthusiasm, being hard to beat, getting the ball back quickly, and dominating it.
“Obviously it’s tough news when the manager gets changed. I’m sure the players and the staff are feeling it so it’s important to make it [training] as energetic as we could.”
If Carsley’s reign is to get off to the perfect start, the Bees will need to overcome a Blues side they haven’t got the better of since December 1992.
But Gary Rowett’s men have stuttered in recent weeks. They started with a five-game unbeaten run, but now haven’t won in three, with two losses in that stretch.
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