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How is ex-Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen getting on these days?

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With Brentford flying and just one point back from the top of the Championship, Thomas Frank is likely a popular man among Bees fans right now.

The Dane stepped into the role after Dean Smith’s exit and looks set to lead them to a very serious promotion challenge this year.

However this season finishes, you feel Frank’s tenure will be looked back on as a positive for the club – something that cannot be said for Marinus Dijkhuizen.

The Dutchman took charge of the Bees in July 2015 but lasted less than three months and was sacked after just nine games at the helm.

His brief spell in west London remains to this day his only coaching job outside of The Netherlands, where he returned following his Griffin Park exit.

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Less than a month after he left Brentford, Dijkhuizen was appointed manager of Dutch second-tier side NAC Breda – a position he held until December 2016.

His next role was far more brief, lasting less than four months at second-flight club SC Cambuur.

The 49-year-old was not out of work long, however, and joined Eredivisie side FC Utrecht as a video analyst and assistant manager in January 2018.

Dijkhuizen’s spell at Utrecht was a fruitful one, even seeing him take over as caretaker manager in September 2018, and ultimately earned him a return to Excelsior last January – the club he left to take charge of Brentford.

After leading them to a seventh-placed finish in his first season back with the club, the Dutchman’s side currently sit 10th in the table and were knocked out by Vitesse in the quarter-final of the TOTO KNVB beker on the weekend.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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