Brentford’s reluctant interim boss Lee Carsley has left the club.
The Bees’ development squad manager, who stepped in as head coach after Marinus Dijkhuizen was sacked in September, won a manager of the month award despite insisting he did not want the job permanently.
Carsley was due to stay at Griffin Park until the end of the year to help the handover process to new boss Dean Smith and his assistant Richard O’Kelly, but has now opted to leave early.
Co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen told the club website: “We would like to again thank Lee for all his work over the past 14 months at the club and especially for his work as head coach.
“Lee performed a vital role in stabilising the training-ground environment after a difficult start to the current season.
“His work ensured we were able to take our time and find the right head coach to lead the club forward and he has passed on his knowledge of the players and staff to Dean.
“When Lee suggested his work at the club was done, we were happy to let him go. He has done a great job and will always be on the end of the phone if anyone here needs anything.”