Thomas Frank Brentford

10 Facts You Dont Know About Newly Promoted Side Brentford's Manager Thomas Frank

Brentford defeated Swansea by 2-0 in the play-off final to seal their place in the 21/22. They are led by a lesser-known exciting manager who transformed them from a Second division mid-table club to a force to reckon with and sealed promotion in the second year of his reign.

He goes by the name of Thomas Frank, aย 47-year old manager from who is in the ninth year of senior football management. He is tipped to be the next big things in English football with the strongly scouted and well-drilled Brentford squad. Yet, many Premier League fans don’t know much about the man who took The Bees from 11th in 2018 to 3rd in 2021 and defeated Swansea in the play-off final to reach the top-flight of English football.

FootTheBallย brings you 10 facts that you did not know about Brentford manager Thomas Frank –

 

1. COACHING INSPIRATION

Thomas Frank has credited Morten Olsen, the Denmark manager during his time with the national coaching set-up, as his biggest influence in management. Thomas Frank worked with Morten Olsen between 2008 and 2013.

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“I would say one that gave me a lot at the beginning Morten Olsen the Danish national coach who was there for 15 years. He changed football. It was inspirational,” said the Brentford manager.

2. NOT A PRO-PLAYER

Unlike most modern-day coaches in the top tier of European football, Thomas Frank never played as a professional footballer in his life. He had a short playing career at the amateur level as a midfielder at his local club Frederiksvaerk BK. Soon after, he went into the coaching role, ending his playing career.

3. A DEDICATED YOUTH COACH

Thomas Frank spent 18 years of his life in the youth coaching setup. Starting off in 1994 as a U8 and U12 coach for his local club Frederiksvaerk BK, Frank later moved to Hvidore IF in 1998, B93 in 2005 and Lyngby in 2006 before catching the attention of the Danish football association. He was appointed the coach of the Denmark U16 and U17 teams in 2011 and the U19 team in 2012.

 

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4. TOOK THE BEES TO THE TOP AFTER SEVEN DECADES

Under his leadership, Brentford qualified for the top-flight of English football for the first time in 74 years. They last played in the first division in 1946-47 where they faced relegation. Frank took over from Dean Smith as the manager in 2018 and finished 11th in his first season. He then finished 3rd in 2019/20 but missed out on promotion after losing against Fulham in the play-off final. This season again, he led the Bees to a 3rd place finish and defeated 4th placed Swansea to book a place in the Premier League.

 

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5. STUDIED THE SPORTS PSYCHEย 

Thomas Frank graduated from the Copenhagen Institute of Sports Medicine in BA Physical Education in 1998, four years after starting his work with Frederiksvaerk BK. He later studied Sports Psychology at the same institute between 2002 and 2005.

 

6. CREATED A GOAL-MACHINE

Thomas Frank, with his aggressive attacking approach towards the game, turned Brentford into a goalscoring machine who topped the most goals scored charts in consecutive seasons in the Championship. The Bees scored 80 goals in 2019/20 and 79 goals in the 2020/21 season and became the highest scoring side in the division while finishing third in the league on both occasions.

 

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7. FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF DANISH LEGEND MICHAEL LAUDRUP

The 47-year old Brentford manager will become only the second Danish manager in the Premier League era following the footsteps of Danish footballing legend Michael Laudrup. Laudrup managed Swansea between 2012 and 2014 and finished in the top half of the league in 2013. Both of them had managed Brondby IF at some point in their careers.

 

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8. KEEP THE BALL AND ATTACK!

Under Thomas Frank, Brentford play a very high intensity, high tempo brand of football often called the heavy-metal football. It is a possession-based attacking style of play that incorporates high-pressing, high-line and positional play. Frank usually uses a simple 4-3-3 formation but he can also switch to a 3-4-1-2 to provide more width in attack.

 

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9. DANISH COACH OF THE YEAR

For his achievement in taking Brentford to the Premier League, Thomas Frank was awarded the Danish Coach of the Year award. Notably, he became the first Danish coach working overseas to be voted the Danish Football Association Coach of the Year.

10. DEAN SMITH’S APPRENTICE

Thomas Frank started his journey at Griffin Park in 2016 as an assistant to current Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.

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Frank replaced Dean Smith when he and his other assistant Richard O’Kelly moved to Aston Villa in 2018. Thomas Frank will face Dean Smith in next season’s Premier League when Brentford face Aston Villa.

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