Thomas Frank was appointed our new Head Coach yesterday after approaching two years with the club. The 45-year-old was an assistant under Dean Smith but now steps up to the main job at Griffin Park. Here are ten things you might not know about our new Head Coach.
- Thomas Frank was born in Frederiksværk, Zealand, on 9 October 1973.
- After attending his local Sports School, Thomas’s first coaching job was with the Under-8s at his hometown club, Frederiksværk BK. He spent two years with the Under-8s before moving on to the Under-12s group.
- In 1998, four years after starting work with BK, Thomas enrolled on a Bachelor of Sport degree at the Department of Sport in Copenhagen. He graduated a year later and took his first steps into professional coaching, joining Hvidovre’s Academy.
- Thomas’s five-year spell at Hvidovre ended in 2004 when he joined Boldklubben af 1893 as an ITU coach, a position he would hold for a year before a two-year stint in the same role with Lyngby Boldklub.
- It was then that Thomas drew the attention of the Danish FA, taking over initially as the Under-16 and Under-17 Head Coach. Working with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Viktor Fischer, and Kenneth Zohore he led The Danes to the semi-finals of the 2011 European Championships before moving on for a year in charge of the Under-19s.
- Thomas credits Morten Olsen, Denmark manager during Thomas’ time with the national set-up, as his biggest inspiration.
- Thomas’ first foray into Club management came in 2013 as he took charge of Danish giants Brøndby. His first game in charge was a 1-1 draw at home to Vestsjaelland. The game was delayed by around 15 minutes because the crowd – around 20,000 in number – were struggling to get into the stadium.
- Brøndby finished fourth during his first season in charge and went one better the following campaign with a third-placed finish, their joint-best finish in a decade. Thomas left in March 2016 with a 45 per cent win ratio from 103 games in charge.
- After nine-months out of football, Thomas joined the coaching staff at Jersey Road as an Assistant Head Coach, working alongside Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly. His arrival coincided with an upturn in form as The Bees secured a tenth-placed finish at the end of the season.
- Following Dean, and then Richard’s, departure for Aston Villa earlier this month, Thomas was appointed Head Coach on Tuesday with The Bees seventh in the Sky Bet Championship, just a point outside the Play-Off places.
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