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Football staff update

1 July 2015

New staff in place as pre-season begins at Brentford

With pre-season training ahead of the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship starting today, Brentford FC can confirm further additions to the coaching and football operations staff.

The First Team squad return from their summer break today, Wednesday 1 July, for their first days with new Head Coach Marinus Dijkhuizen, his assistant Roy Hendriksen and Head of Football Philosophy and Player Development Flemming Pedersen, who is also part of the coaching team.

During the close season there have been further additions to the football department.

Robert Rowan is in position as Head of Football Operations and three specialist coaches are in place – Bartek Sylwestrzak, Gianni Vio and Tom Bates.

Additionally, Paul Williams has been added to the staff as Logistics Manager.

Robert has experience working for Celtic and the Scottish FA, as well as in Europe.

He arrived at Griffin Park last year but will now take up a new role, managing the day to day football operations at Brentford’s Jersey Road Training Ground and working closely with Co-Directors of Football Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles.

Bartek was also at Brentford last season, mainly working with the younger players.

He will now work with the First Team as part of the technical coaching team and is a specialist in helping players with ball striking and technique.

Gianni has joined Brentford as set-piece coach having spent last season with A. C. Milan.

He previously worked with Catania and Fiorentina before moving to Milan last summer.

Tom will join Brentford from West Bromwich Albion, where he has been a coach and performance psychologist for the past three years.

He has also worked for the Football Association, Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth during his coaching career.

Former England Under-21 international Paul had a lengthy playing career with Derby County, Coventry City and Southampton among others.

Since retirement he has worked at Southampton, in the Academy, and at the Premier League among others.

Rasmus Ankersen said: “We are very happy to have the new football staff in place.

“We are delighted to secure specialists who will aid our performance and we are looking forward to working with them.

“The players will, I am sure, benefit from working with talented staff that we have in all departments of the Club.

“I would like to formally welcome them to the Club and wish them all the best for their time with us.”

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