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Brentford have rewarded their head coach Thomas Frank with a new three-and-a-half year contract at Griffin Park, with the 46-year-old Dane leading the Bees to third in the Championship as it stands.
Frank originally joined the Bees in 2016 as part of Dean Smith’s backroom team, before taking over when Smith left for Aston Villa in October 2018, with his new deal tying him to the club until 2023
So is Frank’s new deal at Griffin Park well deserved?
“It’s completely deserved.
“In truth, I haven’t always been convinced by Frank because I felt he underachieved last season when you consider the quality that Brentford have.
“However, he has got them playing superb football this season and they are a joy to watch with a bit more steel defensively than they have had over the years.
“So, he deserves huge credit for that and they are now firmly in a position where they can dream of automatic promotion and if not, the play-offs look a guarantee when you see how they’re playing. This new deal gives long-term stability and it shows Brentford are in a very good place as a club right now.”
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“This is hugely deserved.
“Frank has hardly put a foot wrong with Brentford since he was appointed as their manager, and I think he’ll have many more successful years with the Bees.
“They’re currently sat third in the Championship table, and are starting to close the gap on Leeds United who occupy an automatic promotion place heading into the second-half of this year’s campaign.
“With the impressive run of form they’re on, I certainly wouldn’t rule them out in pipping Marcelo Bielsa’s side to that spot either.
“Frank has done a brilliant job, and is getting the best out of a relatively young group of players, with the likes of Ollie Watkins and Josh Dasilva being just some of the players that are thriving under Frank’s guidance at the moment.”
“I’ve been really impressed with the job that Thomas Frank has done since he took charge of Brentford and he thoroughly deserved to be rewarded with a new contract.
“I think he’s done an excellent job so far, especially when you consider this is still his first job in English football. He’s been able to get Brentford playing some very attractive, attacking football and he’s also been able to improve their defence massively.
“Brentford’s start to the season is even more impressive when you consider that they lost two of their most influential players in the summer in Neal Maupay and Romaine Sawyers.
“There’s still a long way to go in the promotion race this season but Brentford are in a very promising position at the moment and they’ve put themselves in a great position to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.”