52 year-old Mark Warburton is the current Brentford manager, and they have done very well since he took over as the manager – his first ever appointment as a manager – in December of 2013, when then manager Uwe Roller left to join Wigan Athletic.
Mark Warburton – Brentford’s successful manager
Mark seems an interesting (and strong) personality and he has his own ideas about coaching, and certainly in the fourteen months he’s been manager he’s done extremely well and he currently has Brentford just one point off a play-off place in 7th place after getting them promoted last season.
We’ve tried to piece together his career in football, and from 1990 he was out of the game until he joined the Watford Youth Academy in 2006.
Here’s a timeline of what he’s done so far in his football career:
- In his playing career Warburton played in non-league football for Enfield and Boreham Wood but cruciate ligament injuries to his knee ended his playing career early – around 1990.
- After touring Europe on his own time and money and studying coaching methods at clubs like Sporting Lisbon, Ajax, Valencia, Barcelona and Willem II he was offered a permanent coaching job with Watford with their Youth Academy in 2006
- In 2009, he became the Assistant Academy Manager at Watford
- In February of 2011 Brentford fired their manager Andy Scott and Nicky Forster was appointed caretaker manager and he appointed Warburton as his first team coach
- Forster (and Warburton) was given the role on a permanent basis until the end of the 2010–2011 season, when Uwe Rosler was appointed the manager.
- Warburton moved into the role of Sporting Director at Brentford in the summer of 2011. His role included dealing with agents, club finances and contracts, in addition to scouting young players and recommending them to management
- In December of 2013 Rosler was hired by Championship side Wigan Athletic
- Warburton was announced as the new Brentford manager in that same month, on a deal running through the end of the 2013–2014 season.
- Brentford were unbeaten in their first 19 league games under Warburton, and the club went surging up the league table and in May of last year Brentford were promoted to the Championship as runners-up to Wolverhampton Wanderers – Brentford won 17, drew six and lost four last season under Mark last season – a 63% win rate
- In June last year, Warburton pledged his future to Brentford by signing a one-year rolling contract, much like the one Bobby Robson has at Newcastle
- Last week Brentford confirmed that Warburton, assistant David Weir and Sporting Director Frank McParland would all be leaving the club at the end of this season, citing differences with owner Matthew Benham’s remodelling of the club’s management structure.
- At the moment Brentford are in 7th place in the Championship, just one point off a playoff position, with 58 points from their 33 games
- Since taking over Brentford on 10th December 2013 he has managed 63 games, won 35, drawn 11 and lost 17 for a win ratio of 55.6% and a loss ratio of 27%
It seems that Mike Ashley would like to appoint another Englishman to the job, and it’s not a coincidence that Steve McClaren and John Carver and are the two current favorites for the job.
And if John Carver had anything like a decent record through the end of the season, he would probably get the job, but that’s looking rather remote now, with John seemingly out of his depth as the top man.
One important characteristic of the new head coach is that he will have to buy into the way Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley run the club, with players likely to be sold at any time, when a suitable and acceptable offer comes in.
We think that’s why it would be easy for Newcastle to appoint John Carver to the job, because he’s made it clear he would not rock the boat, one little bit.
John has said he thinks Newcastle didn’t need any new players last month, and thanked Managing Director Lee Charnley for not selling Papiss Cisse last month, so he’s in lock-step with the upper management at Newcastle.
Mark seems like a strong personality and he certainly has his own ideas, and is at loggerheads with the Brentford owner at the moment, in the way he wants to restructure the club’s management structure, so Mark is available at the end of the season.
But Warburton has precious little experience in club management, but on the other hand he’s done extremely well in the 14 months he’s been the Brentford manager.
But on the positive side, this is how great managers start their careers – they do remarkably well almost immediately – Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho being two good examples – both multiple European Cup (Champions League) winners.
But it would still be a huge gamble if Newcastle did appoint Mark Warburton – but you just never know with Newcastle.
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