Lee Carsley 'does not want' Brentford job permanently

Lee Carsley
Lee Carsley took charge of Brentford for the first time on Tuesday evening, losing 2-0 at home to Birmingham

New Brentford boss Lee Carsley has ruled out staying in the job beyond the end of the season.

The 41-year-old was placed in charge following the departure of head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen on Monday.

Carsley lost his first match in charge of the Bees on Tuesday, when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Birmingham City.

"I did not ask to be a football manager and it certainly wasn't something I put my hand up for. I don't want the job permanently," he said.

Dijkhuizen and his assistant Roy Hendriksen were dismissed after winning only two of their opening eight games in the Championship and with the side lying 19th in the table.

Former Derby, Blackburn, Coventry and Everton midfielder Carsley, who had been managing the development squad, was subsequently given the reins at the west London club.

Asked if he would remain at Griffin Park if things went well, he said: "No. At the end of the season that's it.

"I wouldn't have thought I could go back to being the development coach - it's always difficult to go back.

"I've never had that burning ambition to be a manager. I want to be a coach and bring on the young players."

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"I was really surprised when Marinus Dijkhuizen left the club as I thought they would give him time to do the job. I think he's been very unlucky."The vibe we get from fans is they want us to play attractive football. We have the quality to rise up the table."I'm optimistic and the future will always look bright as long as we have a long-term plan."There are some pretty awful teams in the Championship. On our day we are nowhere near as awful as those teams."If we are in the bottom three I'll cry as it shouldn't be happening. We should be in mid-table, and looking up from there, if we pull stuff together."

Following the defeat by Birmingham, Carsley told BBC London 94.9 that the Bees had "a bit of a confidence issue".

"They have got to believe in themselves," he added.

"I've got a way of playing, which I have tried to get the development squad playing - I want to play fast and forward, be exciting to watch and create chances.

"I think they are a good team and they are good players. I believe in them."