Brentford and Mark Warburton say they are focused on obtaining promotion

Brentford manager Mark Warburton says his only focus is on the job following speculation surrounding his future

Brentford say manager Mark Warburton remains in charge at Griffin Park but failed to deny reports that he may leave at the end of the season.

The Championship side are enjoying a fine campaign following promotion from League One last season and, ahead of Tuesday’s game with Watford they are fourth in the table, just five points off the promotion places.

However, The Times reported on Tuesday that the 52-year-old will not have his rolling contract renewed at the end of the campaign, even if he leads the side into the top flight.

And Brentford executives reportedly met with Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez last week to discuss the possibility of him taking over as manager in the summer.

Given Mark’s increasing profile within the game, we recognise that he will deservedly have turned the heads of other clubs. As with every other sensibly run club, we plan for various possible eventualities.
Brentford statement

Brentford responded by releasing a statement which did not refute the report and also indicated they were concerned about the possibility of losing Warburton to a bigger club.

The statement read: “The club is aware of some press speculation about the future of our manager Mark Warburton.

“Given Mark’s increasing profile within the game, we recognise that he will deservedly have turned the heads of other clubs. As with every other sensibly run club, we plan for various possible eventualities.

“We are a progressive club who do talk to other people within the game to learn about other ways of doing things, and to consider novel strategic approaches to the game.

“Those conversations continue internally, and are part of a healthy dialogue. Football is sometimes called a village and, in any village, gossip and rumours can spread like wildfire, whether or not such rumours are true.

“It would not be in the club’s interests to disclose any of those discussions but Brentford FC do want to confirm that Mark Warburton remains our manager.

We are in a good position and they have worked so hard to get in this position. There will be no negative impact (from the club's statement), we are focused on the job at hand.
Mark Warburton

“The team’s performance has been magnificent this season and that is primarily down to Mark’s leadership.  Mark will continue to lead the club in its push for Premier League football.

“At this critical stage of the season, we don’t propose to make any further statements in relation to these rumours.”

Warburton himself told Sky Sports News HQ: "The club have made a statement and everything is contained within that statement.

"For me, my only focus is obviously the team. The team is focused and there are 17 games to go now.

"We are in a good position and they have worked so hard to get in this position. There will be no negative impact (from the club's statement), we are focused on the job at hand.

"We are fourth in the league and we are where we are because we deserve to be there. We play Bournemouth in a couple of weeks' time, we go away to Derby, so it is very much in our hands. If we can maintain consistency, we will be in a good place come May 2."

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