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Friday, 28 June, 2002, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Brentford unveil Downes
Brentford have confirmed the appointment of first-team coach Wally Downes as the club's new manager.

He was recommended for the job by Steve Coppell, who walked out earlier this month after questioning the club's ambition.


His time in the game gives him a level of excellence we hope to capitalise on
Bees' managing director Gary Hargraves

Downes has a decade of coaching experience behind him and as a player was a member of the Wimbledon side which rose from the Fourth Division to the top flight in just six years.

Bees' managing director Gary Hargraves was pleased to get his man after a unanimous vote from the board.

He told the club's official website: "We are delighted Wally has accepted the post.

"His time in the game gives him a level of excellence we hope to capitalise on even further as manager.

"Having been recommended for the post by his previous incumbent Steve Coppell, we hope Wally can bring similar results in the near future.

"Everybody connected with the club wishes him every success and has the full support of the board."

Downes begins his third season at Griffin Park, having been appointed to the coaching staff in the summer of 2000.

Downes predicted a bright future for Brentford but pleaded for patience from fans.

Brentford may still have to part with some top talent to make ends meet in the wake of ITV Digital's collapse.

But Downes is confident he has the nucleus of a good young side after he and Coppell guided the Bees to the play-off final in Cardiff last season.

Given time, he aims to bring success to the club and said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"There's some good kids coming through.

"We used the loan system well last year and we've got to be looking to use that again.

"But it's going to take a while to gel the players together and get going again," he told the website.

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