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After a day of turmoil at Griffin Park yesterday – started by Times journalist Matt Hughes and ended by the refereeing ineptitude of Keith Stroud – Brentford owner Matthew Benham took to twitter in the early hours of this morning to defend his corner.

The tweets, posted just after 3am in the UK, read “its been a very difficult 24 hours. I will try to explain the situation more in the next couple of days. i’ve been a genuine fan since 1979 and try to honestly act in the best long term interests of the club.”

Benham has undoubtebly steered the club on an upward trajectory over the past few years – and pumped in significant funds to prevent our decline during the seasons of bucket jangling after every game by Bees United – but the vocal support of supporters coupled with the visible support of the players for Mark Warburton may just have given him some food for thought. The Ealing Terrace still sang their “One Matthew Benham” song, but it’s volume was noticeably lower than their support for the popular Warbs on an emotional night.

It’s unclear at this stage exactly what has gone on between owner and manager – but a rift developing at this stage of the season is unhelpful for all concerned, despite the safety of 52 points in the bag.  Hughes suggested that Benham “is determined to have a greater influence that the club… and wants the club to adopt a more scientific approach to all areas of their football operation” which I would interpret as a desire by Benham to bring in new players, new coaches or new tactics.

Indeed The Times have reported today that Warburton has resisted demands to bring in a sleep coach (to monitor players when playing and at rest) and a set piece coach. I’d say we could certainly do with the latter, we are toothless at corners. Whether Big Nick Proschwitz needs more sleep or not is more debatable.

If Warburton, as looks increasingly likely, does depart at the end of the season or before there are strong parallels to Southampton getting rid of Nigel Adkins as boss despite a good track record as manager. Their own progress since has been admittedly commendable. They have a game plan and cover all eventualities before they occur. Perhaps this is what we were trying to do in talking to a Spanish coach last week.

The warning sign in this whole saga for me, however, is the prospect of an owner who is potentially unwilling to delegate or compromise. We’ve had one of those before – Ron Noades – and we all know how poisonous that became for Brentford FC. Vincent Tan has recently forged a similar path at Cardiff City. It’s clearly unfair to suggest that Benham is cut from similar cloth after all the good he has done in TW8, but there are undoubtably lessons to be learnt from the past.

There is no doubt whatsoever that Matthew is unable to finance and unearth gems, to find value in players that others had missed, to raise the stock of our playing staff. But our track record is not unblemished with the likes of Javi Venta, Betinho and Marcos Tebar so far adding little value to the playing roster – and these players still have to be managed day to day.

Good leadership knows how and when to delegate. The Brentford manager (whether Warbs or the touted replacement Paco Jemez) will need to build working relationships and trust with his players  and whilst a conveyor belt of new talent will no doubt enrich the squad, he will need to manage the team ethos behind this and continue to get the best out of his existing staff.  The reaction of the players after Andre Gray’s strike last night indicate that Warburton does this very very well. As a club we need to acknowledge and respect this.

One other worrying footnote from yesterday’s plethora of discomfort was Brentford’s statement in relation to the Warburton situation – a bizarrely worded missive that aided other media sources in pouring fuel on the flames at Griffin Park.  I’m not utterly convinced that this went fully through the clubs communication team first – possibly due to the tight deadlines involved – but the result was a mild disaster. We are playing in a bigger pond these days, where journalists hunt in packs, and we need to get our communication right first time.

The progress we have made as a club in the last few years has been astonishing and it’s no surprise that our full throttle push towards the Premiership has hit some bumps along the way. It’s how we deal with this that might just define our future – I hope we do it with dignity, honesty and respect.

Three points at Charlton would be a good start.