Swansea City assistant manager Pep Clotet is said to be Brentford’s number one target to become their next manager. Sky Sports is reporting that Spaniard could replace Lee Carsley, who only wants to remain in charge until the end of the season.
The 38-year-old has held management roles in the past with clubs such as the reserve teams at La Liga clubs Espanyol and Malaga, as well Swedish sides Halmstad and Viking FK. He originally moved to the Welsh club in November 2013 as a consultant within the academy, however a few months ago he was promoted to become Garry Monk’s number two.
The Griffin Park club elected to sack Marinus Dijkhuizen earlier in the season, after they elected to replace Mark Warburton over the summer. Carsley took over and recently won the Manager of the Month award. However he continuously insists he harbours no serious ambition to remain as Head Coach any longer than the end of this season.
Premier League manager Monk himself has recently been the subject of heavy speculation linking him with the sack. If this affects Brentford’s pursuit of Clotet remains to be seen, but clearly Brentford have identified their man and will now be seeking the resolution which they desire.
Clearly Clotet has received some amazing references during his short time at Swansea for him to be recommended for this top job, despite having very little managerial experience and no experience of the Championship. With news of this link coming something out of the blue, it remains to be seen if Carsley can possibly be persuaded to stay on longer than the end of this season, however Clotet is now seemingly Brentford’s number one choice.