Brentford have recently announced the appointment of a new head coach; familiar face Thomas Frank has been chosen as the man to succeed former Bees boss Dean Smith.
The Dane is no stranger to Griffin Park having been assistant coach to Smith for nearly 22 months, however the 47-year-old’s three-year stint with the West London club recently departed for boyhood club Aston Villa.
There should be no forgetting the job that Smith has done at Brentford over the last few years – he joined the London club when they were lingering towards the bottom half of the Championship, but his attractive, attacking brand of football has slowly but surely transformed the Bees into real promotion contenders this term.
Smith has left a project at Frank’s disposal, and this is exactly why the Dane is the best appointment Brentford could make.
The club were linked with a variety of names following Smith’s departure – Frank was in the frame all along, as well as the likes of former Aston Villa and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, who was linked with the job.
But the Bees’ board made a brave, yet wise call with the appointment of Frank.
Sure, an experienced manager who has the background and experience of being successful at this level may come in, get Brentford into the playoffs then leave for a bigger club in the top flight next season, but that would go completely against what the club are all about.
Frank knows the club inside and out, he’s overseen the transformation that Smith has implemented over the last few years, and will know how each player ticks, or more specifically, he knows how to get the best out of them.
He will already know every detail about the club, from training regimes to recruitment ideas, which puts him in a really promising position to hit the ground running as the Bees’ new head coach.
There will now be no need to change their style of football – Frank shares Smith’s philosophy whereas a new manager, again, may have gone completely against what Brentford are all about and may have changed their style of play that has bred success over the last year or so.
And it’s not like Frank doesn’t have any experience of management either – he worked his way up from Denmark under-17 manager to under-19 manager, which follows Brentford’s ethos of developing young talent.
He was also manager of one of Denmark’s most successful teams in Brondby, for over three years, before departing for Griffin Park in 2016.
It’ll very interesting to see how Frank gets on at Brentford, but everything is set up for him to be a huge success.