Brentford season predictions: The Bees will not be buzzing this term

Griffin Park interior, Brentford

Brentford shocked everyone last season but it will be a tough task to replicate their 2014-15 success this time around.

Brentford celebrated their first second tier season in 21 years in style last year by reaching the play-offs and getting so close to a highly unlikely Premier League berth.

However, the architect of that success Mark Warburton has left for Rangers and been replaced by Marinus Dijkhuizen and the unheralded new boss has a tough act to follow.

Prediction: 10th.

Freddie Shires: Brentford have only really lost Alex Pritchard from last season and, while they’ve taken the risky approach of making a multitude of foreign signings, players like Lasse Vibe should thrive in the second tier.

Damien Lucas: Losing Mark Waburton to Rangers proves a key blow over the course of the season as Brentford, who were so good in 2014-15, are relegated back to League One.

Mathew Nash: After the wonder of last term, The Bees will not be buzzing this term. Another silly change in management and relegation remains a possibility.

Che Thomas: The question you have to ask at Griffin Park is how good was Mark Warburton for Brentford? I see them failing to reproduce the same form, although they should still be top half because they’ve made some good signings. Manager Marinus Dijkhuizen is an unknown quantity.

Stephen Pickering: The Bees have been creative in the transfer market this summer and will now hope it all clicks together. With Warburton gone it could be a slow adjustment, but they already have the quality to put up a fight. Key player: Jota.

Tim Poole: The Bees' owners will pay the price for not holding on to Mark Warburton.

Billy Hawkins: Strong signings, a good manager and intensity football will see Brentford win the league.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Middlesbrough

Derby County

Hull City

Burnley

QPR

Wolves

Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United

Brentford

Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest

Reading

Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic

Brighton

MK Dons

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Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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