Frank, Thomas (football coach)

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October 17, 2021

Thomas Frank (date. Thomas Frank; October 9, 1973) is a Danish football coach. He is currently the head coach of the English club "Brentford".

Coaching career

Kids and youth teams

After a short career in amateur football, Thomas Frank began his coaching career. In the 1990s, he coached children's teams in his hometown of Frederikswerk. In 1998 he became a coach of children's teams in the Vidovre club, in 2005 - in the B-93 club, in 2006 - in Lyngby. In July 2008, Frank was named head coach of the Denmark U16 and U17 national teams. In 2011, under Frank's leadership, the Denmark U17 national team reached the final stage of the U17 European Championship for the first time in eight years (reaching the semifinals, in which they lost to the German national team). In the same year, the Danish national team, for the first time in its history, qualified for the youth world championship, in which it could not qualify from the group. In 2012, Frank was appointed head coach of the Denmark U19 national team, but failed to lead the team to the 2013 European Championship.

"Brøndby"

On June 10, 2013, Frank was appointed head coach of the Danish club Brøndby. In the 2013/14 season, he finished 4th with the team, and in the 2014/15 season - 3rd, which guaranteed the team participation in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. On March 9, 2016, he resigned after Brøndby chairman Jan Beck Andersen criticized Frank on the club's online fan forum using his son's account. The next day, after critical messages on the forum, it became known that the chairman of the club was hiding under a pseudonym, after which Frank decided to resign.

Brentford

On December 9, 2016, Thomas Frank was appointed assistant head coach of the English club Brentford, who played in the Championship. Frank became one of Dean Smith's two assistants (Richard O'Kelly became the other). On October 16, 2018, following Dean Smith's departure to Aston Villa, Frank was named head coach of Brentford. He won only one of his first ten matches as the club's head coach, but the team's performance has since improved following the transition to a 3-4-3 formation. At the end of the 2018/19 season, Brentford, under his leadership, took 11th place in the Championship and reached the fifth

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