Brentford full-back Alan McCormack has revealed his sadness about the sacking of head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen, reports Get West London.
After Brentford’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Carlos Carvahal’s Sheffield Wednesday added to their poor start to the season last weekend, the Dutchman was relieved of his duties and told to leave the club with immediate effect.
The London side currently sit 19th in the league table, which is made all the more disappointing by the high expectations coming into the new campaign.
Bees fans would surely have been excited about another play-off push coming into the campaign, but the club’s start indicates that they might be experiencing something quite different this season.
And with the sacking of Dijkuizen, Brentford fans will be asking why ex-manager Mark Warburton was sacked in the first place after leading the club to a respectable play-off place last season.
The club were surrounded by controversy throughout the second half of last season and the fans at Griffin Park will be hoping that this new controversy will subside sooner rather than later as they wait to find out who their new manager might be.
However, despite Brentford’s start to the season, full-back McCormack is disappointed that the Dutchman was sacked as he felt the club were finally looking in the right direction to achieve success this season.
Speaking to Get West London, he said: “It’s sad to see anyone lose their job.
“Marinus and Roy [Hendriksen] were great blokes. Really nice blokes and very respectful to all the players.
“We were working hard and things were slowly getting better but the board seemed to think that with the good squad we have here, things weren’t happening quick enough. It’s out of the players’ hands.”
And speaking about the working relationship the 43-year-old head coach had with his players, McCormack added: “Everyone had a good relationship with him, even the lads who weren’t in the team seemed to have a good relationship with him.”
“But it’s just one of those things. The board want to make decisions and it’s their choice. They run the club at the end of the day.”
Former manager of Brentford’s development squad, Lee Carsley, has taken the reigns for the time being, but it remains unclear as to what the board’s long-term plans are.
But what is apparent, is that Brentford have another search on their hands to find a new manager, which will surely not help the club improve their Sky Bet Championship form.
Brentford fans! Are you disappointed to lose Dijkhuizen after just nine games? Do you think your club were turning a corner? Let us know in the comments below!