Bloomberg News reports that Warburton, 52, became head coach of Brentford in December and oversaw the west London club’s promotion to the second-tier Championship in May. The team is 12th in the standings, six points off the promotion spots.
One of two coaches in the 24-team league who wasn’t a professional player, he’s trying to disprove a theory that someone from outside football can’t coach at the highest level, according to Bill Gerrard, a professor of business and sports analytics at the U.K.’s Leeds University who has worked as a consultant for football clubs.
'The biggest barrier to becoming an elite coach is a cultural one: that if you haven’t played the game, you don’t know the game,' Gerrard said.
Warburton, who was a defender for semiprofessional Enfield, said he’s working 12-hour days and tapping his people management skills to get Brentford to the top division for the first time since 1947.
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