Brentford FC have released a statement tonight announcing the departure of manager Mark Warburton at the end of the season.

There had been rumours in recent weeks that Warburton was going to be replaced at the end of the current campaign. This news had come as a surprise to fans of the London club as the 52-year-old had led the club out of League One in his first season in charge and the Bees are 7th in the Championship.

The speculation over Warburton’s position started last week when the Times reported that Warburton was set to be replaced. However, Brentford later released a statement saying that he would remain in charge. The speculation has not helped the Bees’ push for promotion and they have not won since the report emerged.

Warburton was appointed manager in December 2013 having previously been Sporting Director at the club. The former City trader has signed a one year rolling contact last summer but with the owner Matthew Benham keen to implement a new coaching structure at he club, Warburton felt he had no choice but to leave. The club said in a statement to fans on their website:

“As part of a remodelling of the club’s football management, a head coach will be appointed to work alongside a new sporting director. Frank, Mark and David have decided that they feel unable to work under the changed structure and approach as it differs from their football philosophy.”

Warburton added that:

“In my remaining time at the club we shall move heaven and earth to get the promotion that the players, fans and Matthew deserve.” 

Assistant manager David Weir and current Sporting Director Frank McParland will also leave Brentford in the summer. Warburton and Weir will continue to oversee the first-team until the end of the season but McParland has been placed on gardening leave.

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