Brentford’s season has not had the dazzling start to it that many fans will have been expecting after the way in which they closed the last one.
With 11 matches played just nine goals have been scored, with Ollie Watkins bagging seven of those himself, and the club sit in a dismal 17th place – despite being tipped by many to challenge for promotion.
It has nearly been a year to the day that Thomas Frank was appointed as manager with the jury still largely remaining out on his abilities.
Here, we take a look back at how he was welcomed upon his arrival…
We are delighted to announce Thomas Frank as our new Head Coach
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) October 16, 2018
Frank had the hugely unenviable task of replacing Dean Smith, who had left to join Aston Villa days earlier, coming into a team who had been in excellent form over the course of the season.
However, he was somebody who had already earned the respect of the fans from his time coaching in West London, so when his appointment was confirmed, many fans saw it as the perfect choice.
— Luke Kiff (@lukekiff88) October 16, 2018
Excellent, he knows the club & team and how they play. Let’s continue to move forward 🐝🐝🐝
Wishing him good luck 👍
— Debbie (@bees4ever7) October 16, 2018
Deserves his chance, widely acknowledged as key to the implementation of our pass and move attacking style of football.
— John Hosey (@JohnHosey1) October 16, 2018
Excellent news. Nice to see he opted for shirt rather than ‘scarf held aloft’ or ‘sitting in a portacabin with pen poised over contract’
— Nick Bruzon (@NickBruzon) October 16, 2018
Very happy with this. Onwards and upwards.
Dean was never going to get us to the Prem and was always at risk of leaving.
— HeadlessBee 🔴⚪️⚫️ (@pjheadless) October 16, 2018
Very good appointment, knows the club's vision, knows the players and we will surely just carry on as normal! You reds!!
— 🎃Jamie Long🤡 (@Jamie_BFC_) October 16, 2018
So phase one of his spell was complete. The fans were already behind him. Now he just had to produce on the pitch.
Unfortunately, a tough couple of months welcomed him in. Brentford slumped from challenging for a place in the top-six to being potential relegation fodder.
The pressure grew, but with the quality at his disposal, they always had a great chance of pulling things back – which is exactly what they did.
An impressive winning run brought them to within spitting distance of the top-six only to fall short at the end.
But his job was safe for the summer and that will have been a big relief to Frank.
That will not stay the same forever unfortunately.
Plenty of fans have already voiced their frustration at certain choices made by him this season, not least his decision to change shape late on against Bristol City and surrender a one-goal lead.
With Sergi Canos facing a lengthy lay-off as well, Frank is set to face the biggest test of his time at the club.