Brentford are in the hunt for a new manager but the odds-on favourite for the vacant position is their caretaker boss, Thomas Frank. Here are five things to know about him-
1. Dean Smith’s assistant- The 45-year-old was Smith’s assistant at Griffin Park but will not be joining him at Aston Villa. Frank has been placed in temporary charge and Brentford fans will be hoping their side continue their attractive attacking football under him.
2. Was never a player- Frank was never a professional player but started coaching at a young age. He held early youth coaching roles at Danish clubs like Frederiksværk BK, Hvidovre IF, Lyngby Boldklub and Boldklubben 1893.
3. Has a degree- The Danish coach has a BA in Physical Education from the Copenhagen institution of Sports Medicine of which he obtained in 1999. He then went onto study sport psychology and coaching-based leadership at the same institution.
4. Worked for the Denmark international set-up- Frank became the head coach of Denmark’s U16 and U17’s sides in 2008. He helped the development of their young players and was later promoted to the role as manager of the U19’s in 2012.
5. Previously manager of Brøndby IF– He was appointed manager of Brøndby IF in June 2013 and guided them to 4th and 3rd finishes respectively in his two season tenure at the club. Frank then moved to England in December 2016 and has worked for Brentford ever since as assistant manager. He now has his chance to impress as their caretaker manager and will be hoping to get off to a winning start at home to Bristol City on Saturday.