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Brentford boss Thomas Frank idolised Schmeichel and Laudrup rising up and now eager to observe in Nice Danes’ footsteps

THOMAS FRANK idolised Denmark legends Peter Schmeichel and Michael Laudrup.

So think about how thrilled he was to find in addition they  admire him  as he goals to make  Denmark proud, like his heroes did within the Premier League.


Brentford boss Thomas Frank idolised Denmark legends Peter Schmeichel and Michael Laudrup rising upCredit: Information Group Newspapers


Peter Schmeichel has been personally in contact with Thomas FrankCredit: EPA

The Brentford boss will turn into solely the second Dane to have managed in England’s high division when he leads his group out in opposition to Arsenal on Friday.

Barcelona legend Laudrup guided Swansea to League Cup glory and Europe in 2013 — whereas keeper Schmeichel received 5 Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United.

Frank, 47, advised SunSport: “I’ve all the time liked English soccer.

“I began watching within the mid-Nineteen Eighties and used to like Danish midfielder Jan Molby when Liverpool dominated.

“Then within the Nineteen Nineties, I additionally  adopted Schmeichel. He was a improbable keeper.

“He was named world’s finest keeper twice and received us the Euros in 1992 single-handed.

“Michael was one of many biggest gamers on this planet with every thing he achieved at PSV, Barcelona and Actual Madrid.

“Peter has been in contact since we bought promoted and texted me, ‘Nicely completed, congratulations’ and about how he’s wanting ahead to following Brentford.

Thomas Frank

“Denmark is a small nation, so I’ve met Michael a whole lot of instances.

‘For a Danish individual, it’s enormous that I’m going to be the one individual with Michael to have managed within the Premier League.

“Peter has been in contact since we bought  promoted and texted me, ‘Nicely completed, congratulations’ and about how he’s wanting ahead to following Brentford.

“I’ve additionally spoken to Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a result of there aren’t  many Scandinavians teaching within the Premier League.

“Though I’d by no means met Ole, we had that connection  as a result of we’re happy to be the place we’re, having come from our a part of the world.”

Frank has arrived on the high desk having taken the arduous route, beginning off as an novice midfielder at home-town membership Frederiksvaerk BK, then working 18 years in Danish youth soccer, earlier than three years as head coach at Brondby.

He landed a job as Brentford assistant first-team coach in 2016 and has overseen some historic moments since he was promoted  to take over the hotseat from Aston Villa-bound Dean Smith in October 2018.

There was the ultimate sport at Griffin Park, the primary match on the new Brentford Group Stadium and beating the membership’s play-off curse to clinch promotion to the Prem for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.

However Frank might have been out earlier than he actually began — shedding eight of his first ten video games in cost.

The Dane laughed: “I assumed I’d take a look at how far the membership’s  house owners would again me!

“However I used to be happy they did belief me as a result of now we’re right here and have all completed it collectively.

“If you belief one another and work in the identical route, you’ve got a fantastic alternative for fulfillment.

“However, with regard to all of the historic markers we have set since I have been supervisor, I can solely say I have been privileged by the timing of my tenure – to be right here at the moment. Though I might, after all, prefer to suppose I’ve had a constructive enter in serving to us get right here.”

It was so unhappy that Brentford followers had been robbed by the pandemic of with the ability to give their historic Griffin Park dwelling a becoming send-off – as their group needed to play the ultimate sport, a 3-1 play-off win in opposition to Swansea, behind closed doorways.

However I put it to Frank that the brand new stadium staging Premier League soccer with a capability crowd on Friday evening is not less than some comfort. And to be internet hosting a membership that has now been within the high flight for 102 YEARS.

Frank agreed: “I’m so happy we will formally open our new stadium  by launching the Premier League season with Arsenal, one of many largest golf equipment in Europe.

“It’s an enormous membership with large historical past. On high of that, they’re constructing one thing new, one thing attention-grabbing. They’ve a really promising younger supervisor in Mikel Arteta they usually did the appropriate factor in sticking with him.

“The stress is on them as they have to be a top-six membership once more they usually actually might be anticipated to beat a promoted aspect.”

Brentford misplaced star gamers Mentioned Benrahma and Ollie Watkins after failing to win promotion final yr to West Ham and Aston Villa respectively.

Frank admits striker Ivan Toney would have most likely left too had the Bees not received  promotion after his document 31 Championship objectives final season.

I’m 100 per cent positive he’ll match the Premier League and the Premier League will match him.

Thomas Frank on Ivan Toney

He stated: “We bought Ivan in from Peterborough — and he turned our third 25-goal-a-season striker in consecutive seasons after Ollie and Neal Maupay.

“I had large perception in Neal and he scored ten objectives in his first season at Brighton — however they had been a lower-half group.

“Ollie went to a membership who  completed eleventh and he scored 14 within the league.

“Ivan can do one thing comparable. I’m 100 per cent positive he’ll match the Premier League and the Premier League will match him.”

Frank has added 4 gamers to his squad.

Norway centre-half Kristoffer Ajer, 23, joined from Celtic for a club-record £13.5million, Nigerian midfielder Frank Onyeka, 23, moved from Danish sister membership FC Midtjylland for £9m.


Attacking midfielder Myles Peart-Harris, 18, switched from Chelsea for £1.3m and yesterday they bought Yoane Wissa, 24, from Lorient for an undisclosed charge.

All 4 of those signings are typical of Brentford’s prudent, well-thought-out method to spending.

And the Bees boss stated: “None of them have performed within the Premier League earlier than. We consider if we discover the gamers with the appropriate qualities they usually match our 4 major rules – arduous work, togetherness, efficiency and perspective – they’ll be effective.”

Within the final ten years, 5 groups who received promotion by way of the play-offs have survived and 5 have gone down.

Frank laughed: “Then perhaps we should always simply flip a coin  and  overlook taking part in the 38 video games!”

Ivan Toney trains with Brentford

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