How Brentford have found stability where rivals Fulham have failed

Brentford host rivals Fulham at the weekend with a Championship play-off place in their sights.

Brentford have proved that stability is key to succeeding in a competitive league like the Championship.

The Bees sit just one point off the play-offs, having been major contenders at the top of the table for the majority of the season, despite only being promoted from League One last year.

They have managed to keep together a core squad as well as adding significant quality to it throughout the season.

Despite the fact manager Mark Warburton is leaving the club in the summer, they are in a very stable situation both financially and competitively.

Brentford have been in a routine of winning the majority of their matches for a long time now, momentum which has seen them become serious promotion challengers for the second season running.

Contrast that to Fulham, who were a stable Premier League side for over a decade before they succumbed to relegation last season, after a torrid campaign which saw them have three different permanent bosses.

Unlike their hosts at the weekend, the Cottagers lost the majority of their best players after relegation and have had to re-build a completely new side.

To compound their misery, they were forced to sack Felix Magath after a start to the season which saw them languishing in the bottom three.

The desperate looking acquisition of Ross McCormack last summer raised a few eyebrows but it is the fact that they lost over 20 players last summer which has cost them.

New boss Kit Symons has steadied the ship since taking the managerial role but they still have a huge re-building job on their hands if they are to return to the top flight one day.

As the two rivals clash this weekend, it is Brentford who are on the verge of challenging for a place in the Premier League much to Fulham’s dismay.

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