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'I didn't ask to be a football manager' - Carsley keen to continue coaching England U19s

The ex-Ireland international doesn’t want the Brentford job on a permanent basis.

NEW BRENTFORD CARETAKER manager Lee Carsley insists he is not interested in taking the job long-term.

The former Ireland and Everton midfielder has stepped in until the end of the season after Monday’s announcement that Dutchman Marinus Dijkhuizen parted company with the Championship strugglers after just nine competitive matches in charge.

Carsley, who was promoted from Brentford’s development squad, is also coaching the England U19s under manager Aidy Boothroyd and says he is keen to continue that role.

“I didn’t ask to be a football manager,” Carsley told Sky Sports. “It certainly wasn’t something I put my hand up for. I want to be a coach – I love coaching.

I’m still involved with the England U19s and I think the development side to the game is a big strength of mine. It’s just so happened that the last two clubs I’ve been at I’ve ended up as a caretaker manager.

“I wouldn’t have thought I could go back to being the club’s development coach either. I’ve been in the situation before at Coventry. It’s always difficult to go back.”

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