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Brentford announced that they had parted company with Marinus Dijkhuizen today, just nine games into the new season, with a variety of reasons doing the rounds –  the common theme being that it had been decided the Dutchman and his assistant simply weren’t the right match for the club.

Few can argue that it had been a baptism of fire for Marinus, with almost anything that could go wrong having done so… from key players being sold… Pitch Gate… and a list of walking wounded as long as his 6ft 6in legs… it really does seem that a lot has conspired against him… and add to that the weight of expectation that any manager was going to face following on from Mark Warburton and you behind to understand that maybe he was always doomed to fail in his desire to make the job truly his own.

Lee Carsley will be in charge for tomorrow night’s game against Birmingham City and has been appointed as Head Coach for the remainder of the season, with Chairman Cliff Crown stating; “Lee has shown with the Under-21s he is an outstanding leader.  His work at the training ground has been hugely impressive whilst coaching the development squad and has demonstrated he understands the Club’s philosophy and the ambitions of Brentford FC.” The news has decided the fans though, and many think Marinus deserved more time to prove himself in the role.

I have to put my hand on my heart and say that the news doesn’t really come as a huge shock to me, and having shared a beer with Marinus and Roy Henriksen in the manager’s office at Griffin Park after the game on Saturday, the dark mood suggested that maybe he had a inkling that a bullet was about to be fired his way. Dan Suh and I chatted to the pair about the unfortunate end to the match against Sheffield Wednesday, but I’d be lying if we didn’t walk away both thinking there had been an elephant in the room with us.

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Believe it or not we had been invited to meet Marinus soon after the game so that he could sign his League registration documents to play for Beesotted FC’s Sunday team (the kiss of death?), after he’d shown an interest in turning out for us a few times per season whenever he was able to, and despite the weight of the world on his shoulders, he’d been a man of his word and signed on the dotted line, which makes him eligible to play Chiswick and District League… But that debut now seems as far off as Lewis McLeod’s for Brentford.

Beesotted will don their tin helmets and convene COBRA later to go through this news in real detail, but before that, and no matter what comes out in the wash, I would like to say what a thoroughly decent and honourable guy Marinus was in his short time at Brentford and I look forward to going over to Rotterdam sometime soon to buy him a beer.

We wish him all the best for the future

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Dave Lane