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Scott's Bees ready to reap rewards

By Ian Westbrook

Andy Scott
Scott spent just over three years at Griffin Park as a player

Brentford manager Andy Scott is ready to enjoy the benefits of his side playing in League One next season.

Scott, who took charge on a permanent basis in January 2008, guided the Bees to the League Two championship in his first season in charge after steering them away from relegation danger in the previous campaign.

"In private we have spoken about the fact that League One is going to be predominantly southern-based so the crowds at Griffin Park - we should be getting 10 to 12,000 easily," he told BBC London 94.9.

"We will be playing Charlton, Southampton, Leyton Orient and possibly Norwich, Brighton, Northampton, Wycombe and Millwall which is massive for the club financially.

"It is also great for the players to be able to play against sides of that calibre."

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The former Brentford striker took over initially on a temporary basis in December 2007 after the departure of Terry Butcher with the side just four points above the relegation zone.

And he inspired a recovery which led to eight wins and three draws in his first 12 games in charge and an eventual mid-table finish.

Last summer, after signing a five-year contract, Scott revamped the squad and after a steady start his side established themselves in the top seven in the middle of November.

They moved into the promotion places at Christmas and went top in mid-February, a place they have held ever since.

"We deserve it. I feel we have been the best side in the division and if we had kept all our players fit who got injured we would have had a lot bigger, stronger squad that we could have rotated more," he added.

"The lads gave me everything, everyone played a huge part and behind the scenes we have fitness coaches and masseurs who do stuff for nothing.

"I am relieved to get over the line - I am delighted for the fans, delighted for the football club and delighted for the players."

Billy Clarke and Marcus Bean
Billy Clarke and Marcus Bean played a crucial part in Brentford's success

Scott rejoined Brentford in the summer of 2007 as assistant to new manager Butcher.

He initially joined the club from Sheffield United in November 1997 and in his time at Griffin Park was a hugely popular striker.

He was sold to Oxford in January 2001 - a move which angered fans at the time.

Three years later he joined Leyton Orient but was forced to retire after being diagnosed with the same heart problem that killed Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe.

He stayed at Brisbane Road as youth team coach before taking the chance to return to Griffin Park.

After enjoying the presentation of the League Two trophy following this Saturday's final game of the season against Luton, and the celebrations which will go along with it, Scott and the players are off to Las Vegas.

Once that is over Scott will have to sit down and start planning for next season.

Among his first tasks could well be to try to retain the loan players who have served the Bees well this season.

Goalkeeper Ben Hamer and centre-half Alan Bennett have spent the entire campaign on loan at the club from Reading, after temporary spells last season.

Striker Billy Clarke, who has been released by Ipswich, scored five goals in seven games over the final month to push them over the line.

These three have played pivotal roles and supporters will be hoping to see them don the red-and-white stripes again next season.

If Scott is unable to or does not want to keep them, fans should be confident he can come up with adequate replacements.

Scott's knowledge of players has proved invaluable this season and he has more than backed up his claim to the BBC Sport website in January that he had a good working knowledge of any player in the country.

For now though he can bask in the glory of a job well done.



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see also
Brentford secure League Two title
25 Apr 09 |  League Two
Let's give all we've got - Scott
11 Jul 08 |  Brentford
Scott agrees new Brentford deal
29 Apr 08 |  Brentford
Scott buzzing again at Brentford
16 Jan 08 |  Brentford
Scott confirmed as Brentford boss
04 Jan 08 |  Brentford
Bees name Scott as assistant boss
09 May 07 |  Brentford
Benefit game arranged for Scott
15 Jun 05 |  Leyton Orient
O's star Scott forced to retire
12 Apr 05 |  Leyton Orient
Double sale angers Bees fans
13 Jan 01 |  Brentford


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