Thomas Frank Biography – Thomas Frank Wiki
Thomas Frank is a Danish professional football coach and head coach of Premier League club Brentford. He joined Brentford in December 2016, taking up the role of Assistant Head Coach alongside Richard O’Kelly. He was appointed Head Coach of The Bees in October 2018, shortly after Dean Smith left to join Aston Villa.
Thomas took Brentford to an 11th-place finish at the end of the season in the Sky Bet Championship having been in charge for three quarters of the campaign. He overcame a difficult start to life as Head Coach and a run of one win in ten games that coincided with a spate of injuries and the death of Technical Director Robert Rowan at the age of 28 in November 2018. That was followed by a sequence of two defeats in 13 that took The Bees in to the top half of table and they eventually finished ten points outside the Play-Off places as well are reaching the FA Cup Fifth Round for the first time in 13 years.
In his first full campaign in charge of the Championship club, Frank led Brentford to third but suffered heartache, losing the 2019/20 play-off final to Fulham. However, they were not to be denied a year later, when after finishing third again, they overcame Swansea City in the play-off final, becoming the 50th club to compete in the Premier League.
The Danish coach spent more than a decade managing youth teams, including time with Denmark’s Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 teams. In June 2013, he took up his first role in senior football as manager of Danish Superliga side Brondby IF. He coached them to top four finishes in successive seasons before leaving in March 2016.
Thomas Frank Teams Coached
Thomas joined Brentford FC in December 2016. He was appointed to the role of Assistant Head Coach and took on his first job outside his native Denmark. After a spell in youth coaching early in his career, Thomas took up a role with the Danish FA in 2008, working with country’s Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 teams. In 2013 he took up the managerial reins at Brøndby and led them to finishes of fourth and third in his two full seasons at the helm before leaving in March 2016.
Thomas Frank Age
Thomas Frank was born on 9 October 1973, in Frederiksvaerk, Denmark.
Thomas Frank Wife
Is Brentford manager Thomas Frank married? He is married to Nanna Theil Frank. His wife works in the United Kingdom.
Thomas Frank Family
Brentford manager Thomas Frank and his wife Nanna Theil Frank have three children: Freja Frank, Alba Frank, and Bertram Frank. After Brentford clinched promotion to the Premier League on 29 May 2021 by beating Swansea City 2-0 in the Championship play-off final, Thomas Frank went for a break with his family.
He told The Sun: “Two days after the play-off final, I went up to Scotland with my wife, our youngest daughter and dog for a break. And I was then three and a half weeks in Denmark alone because my wife Nanna is working here and my youngest was in school.
“I needed time to see friends and family. I had a busy, busy social schedule. I only had one night off in that whole time. It was everything from a nice dinner with my sister, the big night out now and again with the boyhood groups so it was brilliant.
“And then we came back for pre-season and it’s not felt any different – we just prepare the team as best we can and train. But, now we’re getting closer to the big kick-off, you can feel the excitement growing.
“I’m really happy that both my parents are coming across from Denmark to watch the game.”
Thomas Frank Contract
On 13 January 2020, Brentford FC Head Coach Thomas Frank signed a long-term contract, that will run until the summer of 2023. Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, Rasmus Ankersen, said: “We are pleased to extend our collaboration with Thomas. Whenever you appoint a Head Coach, you hope it is for the long term, and over the past 15 months Thomas has done a great job executing the Club’s strategy on the pitch. He drives the togetherness every day at the Training Ground and he has played a big part in aligning all departments, so we all pull in the same direction.”
Phil Giles, Brentford’s other Co-Director of Football, said: “Thomas has done a brilliant job since he took over from Dean, in particular by working with all our coaches to improve our defence this season. He has continued to emphasise the importance of togetherness among the staff and players, which is being reflected by performances on the pitch. I’m pleased that Thomas will be staying with us for the long term.”
Thomas said in a statement: “I am very pleased that the Club offered me a new contract and I was delighted to sign it. I love coming to work every single day and love working with the players and the staff here. It is also brilliant to work with Phil, Rasmus and [Brentford FC Owner] Matthew Benham, we all know that this Club is special.
“There is a unique togetherness at Brentford and a unique focus on wanting to get better every day. We have a clear plan; a clear strategy and good people and we are going in the right direction. We are in a really good place and not just because of our current form on the pitch and our position in the league but because of how we are run on and off the pitch. Everybody can see the players are getting better every day and we are going in to a new stadium, which is a massive boost.
“I have a great relationship with Phil, Rasmus and Matthew. There is a clear vision and a clear strategy. We are on the same wavelength and have an understanding about the way we want to work. We push each other but in the right way and I think there is a really good chance that we will achieve success together.”
Thomas Frank Tactics
Brentford manager Thomas Frank used a 4-3-3 as his first choice formation in 2020/21 but towards the end of the campaign he switched to 3-4-1-2 with great success. In both set-ups Brentford’s strategy was built around creating central overloads before releasing the ball wide or forward for potential 1v1s. Frank’s players also rotate positions in a seamless way. The 47-year-old Dane encourages freedom and likes to see interchangeable movement all over the pitch. This style of play can be risky and Brentford do sometimes get caught with a high line. They are also prone to leaving gaps when moves break down. Overall though, their front-footed approach serves as an effective form of defence, as the Premier League reported.
Thomas Frank Salary
On 13 January 2020, Brentford head coach Thomas Frank signed a three-and-a-half year contract. Details of the contract such as Thomas Frank’s salary were not revealed. In 2020, Brentford manager Thomas Frank agreed to take a wage deferral to protect the jobs of non-playing staff at the club. His coaching staff, as well as senior management, all deferred a significant proportion of their salary as the club sort to lessen the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bees squad also deferred their wages, with a cap at £5,000-a-week.
Thomas Frank Net Worth
Thomas Frank’s net worth is unclear.
Thomas Frank Nationality
Thomas Frank is of Danish nationality.
Thomas Frank Height
Thomas Frank stands at a height of 5′ 8.5″ (175cm).
Thomas Frank Brentford Instagram
Brentford manager Thomas Frank does not have an Instagram account. Brentford Football Club’s Instagram handle is @brentfordfc.