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Thomas Frank talks to Coaches Voice

Long read with Head Coach

19 December 2021

Thomas Frank has given a lengthy interview to The Coaches Voice. The aim of The Coaches Voice is to bring football coaches and managers from around the world together on one platform. They can share their ideas, philosophies, experiences and journeys with each other and the wider sporting audience.

Thomas spent some time with the team from The Coaches Voice last month. He spoke about his journey and discussed two games in depth. The first of the videos can be seen here.

The interview has also just been published. Thomas discusses how his wife persuaded him to come to Brentford at the end of 2016 and his journey with The Bees. He talked in depth about the past three years when Brentford narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League in 2020 and then achieved it a year later.

"We had Swansea in the Play-Off Final," said Thomas. "We hit them early, and went 2-0 up inside 20 minutes. Ivan Toney scored his 33rd goal of the season, and we won promotion to the Premier League. It was just as I told him – that Plan A would work.

"Even with all the experience I had, with two minutes of that final to go, I still thought we might not win. So when the final whistle went, it was an amazing feeling. I’d never really had a huge ambition to manage in the Premier League, but we’d worked so hard for so many years for this that I really wanted to achieve it – particularly after losing the Play-Off final a year earlier.

"When the final whistle went, it was the purest feeling of joy, relief and pride running through my body. The only thing I can compare it to is the feeling when my children were born."

Read the full piece here.


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