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Championship side Brentford announce manager Mark Warburton will stand down at the end of the season

Promotion chasing Brentford have announced that manager Mark Warburton and members of his backroom staff will leave the club at the end of the season.

Speculation had mounted last week that the club were considering Warburton's future despite him guiding them to promotion from League One last season and being on course to reach the Championship play-offs this year.

The club confirmed that they would make a decision on his future this week, and have revealed he will not be managing the club after this season. Assistant manager David Weir and Sporting Director Franks McParland will also depart, having met with club owner Matthew Benham today.
"The board, with Matthew’s approval, has made the decision that the trio will leave Brentford at the end of the 2014/15 season." a statement on the club's website read.

"Mark and David will continue to work with the first-team on a day-to-day basis through to the end of the season – with the support and backing of Matthew and the Club’s Board – as Brentford push for promotion to the Premier League."

The statement confirmed that club officials and the management team had been in discussions about the 'club's future' for several weeks.

The club will at the end of the season restructure the management of the team to accomadate a Head Coach rather than a manager and a new Sporting Director. Alongside changes to the club's scouting networks, the club also said their new Head Coach would be 'heavily involved' in recruiting players but would not have 'absolute veto'.

"Frank, Mark and David have decided, following long discussions with Matthew that they feel unable to work under the changed structure and approach as it differs from their football philosophy." the statement continued.

Matthew Benham said: “I am a passionate Brentford fan and every decision I take is intended to be in the best long term interests of the Club. 
“Some of the decisions taken to date have been easy and some, like this one, have been extremely hard."

Cliff Crown, Chairman of Brentford FC said: “Lots of clubs are criticised for short term thinking – we want to take a long term view and put structures in place that both  the Board and the owner believe will be to the benefit of Brentford FC for years to come."
Mark Warburton said: “I will be forever grateful to Matthew for giving me the opportunity to be Manager of this fantastic Football Club and for what he has done for the Club since I have been here."

“It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to do the job and I have had the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of players and staff and have enjoyed the backing of a magnificent set of supporters."

“While I am disappointed that we have been unable to reconcile some key philosophical differences, I’m relieved we now have clarity."

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