Brentford close to naming new manager

HITC Sport understands Brentford are close to appointing a new manager at Griffin Park.

Brentford are hoping to finalise their search for a new manager by the end of the week, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Lee Carsley is currently in charge of Brentford after the sacking of Marinus Dijkuizen in September, following just eight games at the helm for the Dutchman.

Former Everton and Derby County midfielder Carsley was promoted from his role of Development Squad coach to head coach, and he has helped oversee an improvement in results for the Bees.

Carsley, who lost his first two games in charge, guided Brentford to four wins in a row in October and was named Championship Manager of the Month.

However, Carsley has indicated that he does not want the job on a full-time basis and would prefer to return to his Development Squad role.

As a result, Brentford have been forced to look around for a new manager on a permanent basis, and are thought to have interviewed several candidates.

Swansea City assistant manager Pep Clotet is thought to be among the leading contenders to take charge at Griffin Park.

Brentford are finalising their shortlist for the manager's job and hope to make a decision by the end of the week, ahead of the return of Championship action following the international break.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch