The last week or so has been pretty hard to take for most Brentford fans given the worrying combination of bad results and even worse news relating to off field matters.
It is hard to keep smiling and your spirits up when you lose three home games in that short period of time, scoring only one goal in the process, see your most skilful and charismatic player return home to Spain out of the blue with his future shrouded in doubt owing to serious non football related problems and then have to suffer the final indignity of watching one of your best and most promising players publicly announce that he doesn’t want to play for the club.
There is also the continued uncertainty regarding the future of the likes of Alan Judge, Toumani Diagouraga and Sam Saunders whose loss before the end of the Transfer Window would leave the squad seriously weakened and bereft of quality and depth.
As of yet there is no solid news of any incoming transfers apart from the suggestion that an apparent target in George Evans has apparently spurned us in favour of joining Reading.
Quite rightly, Brentford make a point of conducting their transfer dealings and negotiations behind closed doors so who knows what other plates are currently spinning in the air and whether we are close to augmenting the squad or simply waiting until we know for certain which players are leaving this month and may then need replacing.
We also do not know if a decision has yet been made in terms of our recruitment strategy for January and if so whether it is an ever changing feast and one that we have to reassess on the basis of whether acceptable offers are made for any of our players.
Maybe we would also prefer to make do with what we have rather than look for permanent acquisitions who we can also bed in for next season or even bring in short term loan signings who can plug any immediate gaps, as required.
The key point is that we remain competitive on the pitch for the remainder of the season and maintain our comfortable position in the league.
More upsettingly we have also been subjected to some negative and in my view, ignorant and provocative comments from the likes of Martin Samuel and Adrian Durham in the Daily Mail and Shock Jock Durham has today written a bilious column packed full of innuendo and half truths and supported James Tarkowski in the face of all logic for his refusal to play for us on Friday.
In my opinion it is provocative, inflammatory and nonsensical drivel written by a man with an agenda who is employed predominantly to polarise his audience and seek a reaction as well as being someone who has previous with Brentford, or Loanford as he ridiculously and disparagingly dubbed us when squealing about the manner in which the Bees gained promotion in 2014 and finished above his beloved Peterborough United.
I well remember writing an article poking gentle fun at Steve Evans this time last year by forensically dissecting his post match press conference after Rotherham’s defeat at Griffin Park and pointing out all of his inconsistencies, half truths and non sequiturs and I am sorely tempted to do the same for Adrian Durham but I will not rise to the bait and respond, as that is exactly what he would like everybody to do and his article does not deserve to be either read or really taken seriously.
You can all find it quite easily if you want to take a look at it and come to your own conclusion.
I am quite certain that all right minded and informed Brentford supporters will see articles such as these for what they really are – pure rabble rousing.
But it is still unpleasant and annoying to see the club you love, its owner and his far sighted approach and way of doing things subjected to ridicule and unjustified, unfounded and scathing criticism from the outside, and unfortunately there are more then enough impressionable readers out there who are unaware of the truth of the matter and will take smug attacks on us such as these as pure gospel.
The media dislikes and is suspicious of whatever it does not understand and they really have yet to get their heads around what is going on at Griffin Park, just how well we have done bearing in mind our status in the football food chain and where we are going in the near future.
This is a time when we just need to keep our nerve, trust in the wisdom and perspicacity of the people running the club and follow the sage advice of Corporal Jones and don’t panic!
Change is always difficult to cope with and it is hard to accept that there will be players leaving of their own volition who prefer to go elsewhere, as well as others who we feel have reached their full potential with us and need to be moved on as well.
As long as we recruit well and cleverly we will continue to thrive and progress and I firmly believe that there are lessons to learned for the future from our recruitment strategy in the Summer which has not yet paid as many dividends as might have been anticipated.
It is now a question of balance as we have over a third of the season still to play and it would be both dangerous and wrong to merely write it off and declare that we are just building for next season.
Supporters expect entertainment and results and Brentford fans have enjoyed a lot of both in recent seasons and I would hope and expect that the Bees continue to provide a combination of exhilarating and successful football which will keep the fans happy and engaged.
We have had a bad patch both on and off the field and neither Preston nor Leeds will be easy marks for us.
Who knows if there will be ins or outs before the weekend but I am as certain as I can be that we will put a end to our poor recent run and the smiles will shortly be back on all of our faces.