Brentford interim head coach Lee Carsley expects the club to appoint a permanent boss “quite soon”, according to the BBC.

Following the departure of previous Bees boss Marinus Dijkhuizen in September, Carsley was placed in charge until the end of the season. He has won four of his eight games so far, leading the West London club up to 11th in the Championship. However, he has made it clear that he does not want the job on a full-time basis.
“Myself and the club both know where we stand,” the former Derby and Everton midfielder said.

“I had a remit when I took over of trying to get us back on track. We are moving in the right direction. When a new man is appointed the club will be in a better position than what it was. I would expect something to happen quite soon.”

Swansea assistant manager Pep Clotet is rumoured to be on Brentford’s shortlist, although they have not made an official approach to the Swans.

“Speculation is speculation,” Carsley added.

“All along I’ve said the most important thing is the team. What happens with me is secondary. We’re all looking forward to the game on Saturday and that’s the most important thing. We’ll worry about everything else after that.”

After leading the Bees to four successive victories Carsley was named the Championship manager of the month in October and has not ruled out a move into management in the future.

“From the first couple of press conferences I did, you could tell I wasn’t expecting to be talking about managing a football club,” he said.

“It’s fair to say I’m capable of doing it and feel that in the future it is a route I will go down – but it’s not a route I want to go down in the near future. I still feel I’ve got a lot of goals to fulfil in the development side of the game.”


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