Mark Warburton has revealed he called on his old Watford colleagues to give his Brentford squad advice ahead of their Championship run-in.
The Bees manager worked with Malky Mackay, Brendan Rodgers and Sean Dyche whilst he was at Watford and regularly keeps in touch with them.
And ahead of Brentford’s Championship play-off semi final second leg with Middlesbrough on Friday night, Warburton explained that he has gained invaluable advice from his associates.
He said: “I spoke to Sean Dyche this week and he's been fantastic for us.
“He and Ian Woan came and spoke to the players when we played away at Blackburn, and why not?
“They (Burnley) had a similar budget to us and a very small squad and they achieved Premier League football.
“Dyche just said 'give it a go and don't look back'. We've got a sign in the dressing room that says 'take to the pitch with no doubts, leave the pitch with no regrets' – and that's what we're about.
“Even if we lose, if you sleep soundly in your bed, that's it.”
He added that he had also spoken to Rodgers and his connections last week and is glad to have them in his corner.
He added: “I spoke to Brendan last week too and got some fantastic advice from him. I'm very appreciative to have good connections.
“I've been lucky to work with good people. At Watford there was Malky Mackay, Brendan Rodgers, Sean Dyche, Dick Bate – the technical director of the FA, who's a great coach, and a font of knowledge.
“But you've got to have your own beliefs. You have to have your own core vision of how you want the game to be played, but you will make mistakes. You have to listen to people who you think have got something to offer, and you can learn from their mistakes too.”