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Saturday, 11 May, 2002, 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK
Brentford left in limbo
Dejected Brentford players after their 2-0 defeat at the Millennium Stadium
Bees players are unconsolable after play-off defeat

Brentford manager Steve Coppell said he did not know who would be at the club next season after defeat in the Division Two play-off final.

The Bees lost 2-0 to Stoke at the Millennium Stadium - casting further doubt on an already unsure future for the west London club.

Coppell - who has done a brilliant job since taking over at Griffin Park last May - does not have a formal contract and has been linked with Brighton.

Three of the club's key players - skipper Paul Evans, defender Ivar Ingimarsson and 20-goal striker Lloyd Owusu - are all free agents come the summer.


We just don't know what is going on
Bees defender Darren Powell

And two crucial long-term loan signings - Ben Burgess from Blackburn and Steve Sidwell from Arsenal - have expired.

There is also speculation about the future of chairman Ron Noades, who has so far failed in his quest to relocate the club to a new stadium.

"We just don't know what is going on," central defender Darren Powell told BBC Sport Online after defeat in Cardiff.

"I could be taking instructions next season from a new manager and a chairman.

"I'm just going to go on holiday and forget about it because there is simply nothing I can do about it."

Coppell also said that he was uncertain about the future.

"It is the nature of a football clubs that there are many imponderables in the summer - but particularly at our football club," added Coppell.

"The person you should be asking is Ron Noades - he decides the future of the club.

"He knows what the level of investment will be and what the future of the club will be."

And Evans - who will be back at the Millennium Stadium next week for Wales' friendly international with Germany - could be first out of the door.

"There is a long summer ahead of us and we'll have to see what happens," said Evans.

"I think the fans know I want to play at a higher level so that I can try and further my international career.

"If we hadn't done so well this year then I probably would not have got a call-up to the Wales squad this season."

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