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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Rosenior on ruling Bees roost
By Mandeep Sanghera

Leroy Rosenior had the intimidating task of filling the larger than life shoes of Martin Allen when he took over at Brentford during the summer.

Brentford manager Leroy Rosenior
Rosenior has risen to the challenge at Griffin Park

But, while Allen amused and entertained, Rosenior has shrugged off the challenge and comfortably adapted to life at Griffin Park.

"I was keen to do it my way," he told BBC Sport. "It wasn't a worry to me that I was taking over from Martin otherwise I wouldn't have taken the job.

"I'm a different person and do things in a different way. I will continue to do that.

"I'm happy with the way I do things and it didn't concern me that Martin was the manager here before me."

The Rosenior way has seen Brentford make a better start to the season than even some of the club's most ambitious of supporters would have expected.

The club missed out on promotion in the play-offs for the second successive season and were forced to sell key players Jay Tabb, Michael Turner and Sam Sodje in moves dictated by the ambition of the trio as well as Brentford's precarious financial state.

My job is not only to produce a team that can go out and perform. But also to make sure that the club stays here

Leroy Rosenior

But, even though a promotion assault may be unlikely, Rosenior has guided the Bees to a healthy tally of 13 points from their first eight matches and a more than respectable sixth place in League One.

"It's been very busy," added Rosenior. "We've had quite a few players go out and quite a few come in.

"But we've had a good time, I've enjoyed it and I'm pleased with how it's gone.

"The players have been excellent in terms of their approach to the work we have given them and we have done okay.

"The fans here are fantastic. They understand the situation. Obviously, we sold three players for big money at the start of the season and replaced them with free transfers.

"The expectations of supporters was that this was going to be a season of transition."

He added: "My job is not only to produce a team that can go out and perform.

Torquay is a wonderful place with some really good people there but the thing that was difficult was the location

Leroy Rosenior

"But it is also to make sure that the club stays here, does not go into administration and are kept on an even keel.

"That's just as important as putting a team out because at the end of the day the fans want a football club that they can come and support.

"That's what we are working to do and to do that we need to encourage young players to come in and develop. That's my job description and I'm delighted I've got the opportunity to try and do that.

"A lot of clubs have got that plan as well but we have to try and do that a little bit better than anybody else."

One of the benefits of being at Brentford compared to his former club Torquay is also helping in Rosenior's cause.

"Torquay is a wonderful place with some really good people there but the thing that was difficult was the location," he said.

Our success so far has been down to the team ethic, spirit and effort

Leroy Rosenior

"Getting players to the club and the travelling to away games became very hard after three years of doing it.

"Here it's a good location in and around London. Getting young players to come and sign, watching games and being in touch with what's happening is a lot easier."

Whether the club can maintain their impressive start to the season remains to be seen but, if Rosenior has his way, it will not be through any lack of effort.

"Our success so far has been down to the team ethic, spirit and effort. All we do is approach each game in the same manner and that is to try to win and put in a performance and do the best we can.

"We have done that and it has been successful for us up to now and we will continue to do that.

"That's all you can do at a football club, play as well as you can for each game and give it your best shot and that's what we will continue to do."

Rosenior named Brentford manager
14 Jun 06 |  Brentford


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