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Thomas and Brian ‘very pleased’ to continue Brentford stay

Reaction from Thomas Frank and Brian Riemer after both sign new contracts

24 January 2022

Brentford Head Coach Thomas Frank and Assistant Head Coach Brian Riemer have both expressed their pleasure at signing new contracts. It was announced earlier today that Thomas and Brian had signed new deals. The contracts will run until the end of the 2024/25 season. See the full story here.

After signing the new contract, Thomas said how pleased he was to be able to commit his future to Brentford. He expressed delight at the togetherness that ran through the Club that had seen The Bees win promotion to the top flight for only the second time ever. Brentford are currently in the middle of their first ever Premier League season and their first at the highest level of English football since 1947.

Thomas said: “I feel privileged to be a part of the success we have had as a group at this fantastic club. I have been here for five years and am very pleased that I have the opportunity to be here for longer.

“I have been part of building the Club over the past five years and have enjoyed working with a brilliant staff and unbelievable group of players. Everyone can see they have a fantastic work ethic that they show every day.

“On top of that we have a unity and togetherness from the top to the bottom and the bottom to the top. I don’t think that it is always understood and recognised the role that Matthew Benham, Phil Giles and, before he left, Rasmus Ankersen, have played in the development of the Club. Their work makes it so much easier for me to succeed and I am delighted that we can continue to work together.”

Brian said: “I am very pleased that Brentford and I have agreed terms to continue this journey together. Most of all, I am pleased that I am going to be part of the next three-and-a-half years with this team. I believe we have so much more to give and more memories to create.

“I am incredibly happy that Matthew, Phil and, before he left, Rasmus put their faith in me and have given me this new contract. It is a massive sign for me. I am pleased and honoured that they have done that for me.”

Thomas and Brian have worked together at Brentford since late 2018. In that time Brentford have won promotion to the Premier League after consecutive third-placed finishes in the Sky Bet Championship and have played top-flight football for the first time since 1947. The Bees have also reached a Carabao Cup Semi-Final, as well as a Quarter Final in the same competition and the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in 2019

Thomas added: “I am so pleased that I am on this journey with a good friend. I am delighted that he wants to stay with us and continue to play a part in the development of the Club.

“Brian has had a huge impact in the success we have had in the last three years. His knowledge of the game and especially the defensive side of the game have turned us from one of the worst defensive sides in the Championship to one of the best and now we are in the Premier League.

“Brian is a real people person and gets on so well with players. He play a key role in the way we develop and improve individually and collectively, and it is great news that he is with us.”

Brian added: “Before Thomas brought me here in 2018, we had not worked together for 15 years, and everything was a bit new. We have a great connection, and I am honoured to be part of Thomas’ team. I am delighted he wants to be part of the future at Brentford together.

“I want to say a big thank you for Thomas for giving me this chance and to allow me to bring my ideas to Brentford. Not every Head Coach would be that open and would give me that responsibility. That makes it a very easy decision to continue to be a part of the team at Brentford. Thomas give me so many opportunities to bring my ideas forward.

“I am the kind of person that is always looking forward. I am not a person to have around if you don’t have ambition. This team has so much more to give, and I am looking forward to creating more history and breaking more records at Brentford, like we have done in the last three years.”

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