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Rosenior, who joins the Bees from Shrewsbury Town, where he was first team coach, replaces Martin Allen, who resigned from the club two weeks ago. London-born Leroy enjoyed a prolific goalscoring record at Fulham, QPR, West Ham and Bristol City including international honours for England at Under-21 level and full international status with Sierra Leone in the African Nations Cup. He guided Torquay to promotion to League 1 in 2004 and has also coached at Bristol City, Gloucester City and Merthyr Tydfil. His son, Liam, plays full back for Fulham FC.

Rosenior said “I am delighted to be coming to Brentford - a club that I know well, being a South London boy. People here are determined to be successful and I am really looking forward to working with everyone so that we can all pull together to achieve our objectives. This club has gone through some big changes in recent months with the new board taking over and after coming so close to gaining promotion in recent seasons, I am determined to help them make the jump to the Championship.”

Brentford Chairman, Greg Dyke, said: “We started our search for a new manager with a long list of possibles, interviewed a number of them and were unanimous in choosing Leroy Rosenior as the right man to lead Brentford into the future. We were impressed by his knowledge of the game, his enthusiasm for attractive football and his overall attitude. We were keen to appoint another young manager on his way up in the game and that is exactly what we have found. We asked a number of experienced people in football about Leroy and got nothing back but praise for a bright, young manager. With pre-season training only a few weeks away we were keen to appoint a replacement for Martin Allen quickly and are delighted that we have found such a high calibre manager.”

About Leroy Rosenior:

Leroy was born in South London in 1964 and played for England schoolboys.

At Fulham, he was young player of the year in 1982, in 1986/87 and Player of the Year in 1987 when he was the Division 1 third top scorer in with 27 goals. He also played for the England Under 21’s.

He appeared in the Milk Cup final for QPR in 1986 and for West Ham he played in a League Cup semi-final in 1987/88 and FA Cup semi-final in 1988/89. In 1987/89 he was West Ham’s top scorer with 15 goals.

At Bristol City he was again top scorer with 16 goals in 1992/93.

At full international level he was capped by Sierra Leone in the African Nations Cup in 1994.

Leroy’s coaching career started at Bristol City as player coach and developed as follows:

May 2002 - Feb 2006: Torquay United FC - Manager
Promoted May 2004

Jan 2002 - April 2002 Merthyr Tydfil Football Club - Manager

July 2000 - Jan 2002 Bristol City Football Club - First Team Coach

Jan 2000 - July 2000 Bristol City FC - Joint Caretaker Manager
Reached Auto Windscreens Final
League Position 9th

August 1999 - Jan 2000 Reserve/Under 21’s Manager

Oct 1998 - Aug 1999 Assistant Academy Director
Age Groups Under 8-Under 17s
Technical Programme and Budgets

March 1996 - Oct 1998 Gloucester City Football Club - Player Manager

May 1992 - May 1995 Bristol City FC - Appointed Player Coach

In recent months Rosenoir has been assisting Shrewsbury Town as first team coach

14 June 2006