Lee Carsley insists he doesn’t want the Brentford manager’s job on a permanent basis, and expects to leave the club altogether in the summer.
The Bees have made a poor start to their Championship campaign, and are currently in 19th position after seven games and just a point away from the bottom three. This has resulted in the departure of manager Marinus Dijkhuizen, who was sacked and replaced by development coach Carsley on Monday afternoon whilst the club consider their long-term options.
But after seeing his side slump to a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham City – one of his former clubs – in his first game in charge, the 41-year-old has ruled himself out of the running to become manager on a permanent basis. Indeed, Carsley has revealed he expects to leave the club altogether at the end of the season due to a similar past experience he had at Coventry City.
“I don’t want the job permanently,” he said. “I didn’t ask to be a football manager. It certainly wasn’t something I put my hand up for. I want to be a coach – I love coaching. I’m still involved with the England U19s and I think the development side to the game is a big strength of mine. It’s just so happened that the last two clubs I’ve been at I’ve ended up as a caretaker manager.
“I wouldn’t have thought I could go back to being the club’s development coach either. I’ve been in the situation before at Coventry City. It’s always difficult to go back. Kevin O’Connor’s there doing the development team anyway and he’s a good coach. He’s ready for it and he knows the club more than anyone. The development team is in good hands with him.”