IMPORTANT Brian Riemer Interview

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This is a really fantastic read and goes into detail about what happened in the last 3 seasons.

Compulsory reading.

 

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Thanks Banana, as you said everyone needs to read this interview. Most informative and explains everything I have grown to love about our special football club.
 

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What a fascinating honest insight especially the thoughts of the Stoke and Barnsley games last season. I loved reading the part where Ollie said he wanted to play Premier League with Brentford.

I also chuckle when he said in his first season our defence was rubbish.

Also how many people can cope with just 11 days off in 2 years. Both TF and Brian are a credit to out club and we are very fortunate to have them.

Brilliant Sunday afternoon read.
 

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A most interesting and honest interview that gives great perspective to the events at the end of last season.
 

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More likely that we would fly from Luton as we always do. So we'd coach to Luton. Fly to Heathrow. then coach it to Reading.
Flying to White Waltham would be nearer...
 

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I remember Ollie Watkins telling me “Brian, I don’t care about where I’m going this transfer window. All I want is to play in the Premier League at Brentford.”

:(
 

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That was a fascinating but painful read.

How did we f**k it up last season. :banghead: :(
 

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Brian talks about last seasons come back against Millwall where we were 2-0 down as a defining moment last season. Just wondering if our second half against Stoke will have the same affect now. It certainly has that feel about it to me.
That's exactly what I thought when I read that.

In fact, I began to wonder along those lines after the final whistle vs Stoke.
 

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That's exactly what I thought when I read that.

In fact, I began to wonder along those lines after the final whistle vs Stoke.
If it is, hopefully the ultimate "definition" of the season is different to the last one.....😐
 

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Lots of fascinating insights from the Reimer interview. I thought one of the most interesting was his wish - with hindsight - that West Brom could have played Huddersfield at the same time as we played Stoke in the penultimate round of matches. WBA's defeat should have opened the promotion door for us. Instead, it made some of our players so nervous that they couldn't sleep before Stoke. Just shows what a big part mental attitude can play as pressure builds in a promotion race. With most of the same players in our squad, but a yewar older and wiser, let's hope the experience will make them better prepared for the challenge this year
 

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A fascinating read, make you realise that whilst they are only employees at the club for a relatively short time that they do care.

i am glad we didn’t long term with the 343 formation, can’t remember us ever playing well with that formation (I expect I am wrong on that front).
 

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That was a fascinating but painful read.

How did we f**k it up last season. :banghead: :(
Brian explained that really well,. I thought. Millwall at home was brill, but we lost the away leg, as well as Luton and had a couple of other mediocre pre-lockdown performances. A great summary.
 

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A fascinating read, make you realise that whilst they are only employees at the club for a relatively short time that they do care.

i am glad we didn’t long term with the 343 formation, can’t remember us ever playing well with that formation (I expect I am wrong on that front).
Apart from the second half of TF/BR’s first season when we played very well in many matches! Well enough for them to plan it for last season and recruit for it.
 

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I remember Ollie Watkins telling me “Brian, I don’t care about where I’m going this transfer window. All I want is to play in the Premier League at Brentford.”

:(
I’m sure there was a tv interview ahead of the play offs where OW said he wanted to play for us in the new stadium too.
 

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The difference being that we had our "seasonal blip" in those 3 games we've just lost mid-season, as opposed to last season, when our blip came in 3 of the last 4 games?
4 of the last 5 I would say.....😩
 

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I struggle to read Brian Riemer’s name without singing it in my head like Richard Archer did in that Farewell Griffin Park song. And it’s infuriating.
 

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Lots of fascinating insights from the Reimer interview. I thought one of the most interesting was his wish - with hindsight - that West Brom could have played Huddersfield at the same time as we played Stoke in the penultimate round of matches. WBA's defeat should have opened the promotion door for us. Instead, it made some of our players so nervous that they couldn't sleep before Stoke. Just shows what a big part mental attitude can play as pressure builds in a promotion race. With most of the same players in our squad, but a yewar older and wiser, let's hope the experience will make them better prepared for the challenge this year
Found that very interesting as well and something that hadn't occurred to me either. Fine margins etc. So basically Sky scheduling did it for us - let's blame them!
 

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Thanks very much for flagging this one. A great read with lots of interesting nuggets along the way. Fascinating to read his description of the build up to that free kick in the play off final and how it unfolded second by second. Also a timely reminder that, with all the highs and lows of a season, the players are only human too and deserve our support and respect at all times.
 

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His description of how he and Thomas and the players felt after the PO final was a tearjerker, alright. We all think that it's more important to us because we're Brentford for life, blah blah, and normally the pros put a brave face on it, but that really struck a chord. Also very interesting when he was talking about the personal risks he took in moving to London, leasing a car for three years etc. Easy to think these guys have got money to burn.
 

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One of the most telling sections for me was BR's assessment of the current season:

We had also promised Ollie that he would be sold if we didn’t get promoted. When we talked to him about his new position as a striker, we discussed our plans with him, and we told him that our plans were for him to score 25 goals and sell him for £20+ mil. That was the plan. So, of course we had to keep that promise. Benrahma was also very close to getting sold the season before. There were offers from various Premier League teams, but we chose to keep him because he had only been with us a year. We usually say would like to keep the players for two years before selling them. He was not happy with that decision, but he firmed it and had a fantastic season. So, we obviously also had to let him go when the right offer came. We knew we were going to get a call from Ankersen where he said he had sold Ollie and Saïd. We were prepared. However, the crazy thing is that everything pointed towards a mediocre season at most. The disappointment from the season before, rebuilding a team. I actually didn’t think about that before we were well into the new season. There were just so many factors. You couldn’t just train this, tell the players to do this and expect everything to be well and good. So, I would actually say that what we have already achieved so far in this season, is really impressive.

I'd go further than that and say that where we are currently (regardless of what the outcome of the season is) is remarkable.
To end the season as we did - missing out on autos AND the play-off; which resulted in the shortest pre-season of any team in the country; to sell £55M worth of players; to move to a new ground and to STILL be where we are is incredible.
Yet there's still a sense of disappointment/under-achievement from some Bees fans who seem to have discounted all of this..........

If we actually manage to get promoted this year I think it would be an absolutely fantastic achievement!!!
 

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This is such a fascinating interview - and adds the context to the 'bottlers' tag that is so lacking in football. It's basically inexperience - most of our squad had never been in that position before so froze for the Stoke game and to a lesser extent at Wembley (I actually think Fulham's tactics did for us at Wembley rather than bottling it - with Parker deciding to shut us down rather than try to beat us then the Bryan goal was the difference).

Seeing everything else in the interview about how well run the club is I'd hope we've done some work behind the scenes on mentality and how to be front-runners rather than underdogs. I definitely think there has been a more humble attitude from Frank in the media which I'm sure is deliberate.

I hope we get a full translation of every podcast and thanks to whoever did it!
 

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