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Brentford manager Thomas Frank signs new contract

The 48-year-old Dane, who was previously assistant head coach under Dean Smith, took charge of the Bees in October 2018.

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Thomas Frank has been in charge at Brentford since October 2018 (John Walton/PA).

Thomas Frank has been in charge at Brentford since October 2018 (John Walton/PA).

Thomas Frank has been in charge at Brentford since October 2018 (John Walton/PA).

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has signed a new contract running to 2025.

The 48-year-old Dane, who was previously assistant head coach under Dean Smith, took charge of the Bees in October 2018.

He subsequently oversaw promotion last season via the Championship play-offs and the Bees are currently 14th in the Premier League table.

Frank said in a video message on Brentfordโ€™s official Twitter feed: โ€œI feel privileged that I have the chance and opportunity to continue this fantastic journey.

โ€œIโ€™ve been here for five years and it has been a privilege and enjoyment every single day to work with this group of players and a fantastic staff, and also with the fantastic fans.

โ€œWe created a lot of Brentford history. Iโ€™m looking forward to doing my very best every single day to try to create some new history with all the fantastic people at the club.โ€

Frankโ€™s assistant Brian Riemer has also put pen to paper on a new deal, and Brentford director of football Phil Giles said in quotes on the clubโ€™s official website: โ€œOn behalf of everyone at Brentford, Iโ€™d like to congratulate Thomas and Brian on their new contracts.

โ€œFirst and foremost, they are fantastic people to work with and Iโ€™m sure everyone at the club will be pleased that they have committed to stay with us until 2025.

โ€œThey have been integral to the success that weโ€™ve shared over recent seasons, culminating in achieving our shared target of playing in the Premier League.

โ€œWe want to continue to take Brentford forward, to compete with clubs far bigger than us, and to see how far we can progress.

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Brentford were promoted to the Premier League last season via the Championship play-offs (Mike Egerton/PA).

Brentford were promoted to the Premier League last season via the Championship play-offs (Mike Egerton/PA).

Brentford were promoted to the Premier League last season via the Championship play-offs (Mike Egerton/PA).

โ€œI am sure that we can build on the success that Thomas and Brian have helped deliver along with all of the other staff and players and look forward to what I hope will be a successful conclusion to the season and beyond.โ€

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After spells coaching Denmark at various youth levels and then Brondby, Frank was brought in at Brentford as Smithโ€™s assistant in December 2018.

He was appointed as boss when Smith left to join Aston Villa, and Brentford went on to finish 11th in the second tier in 2018-19.

They came third the following season, only to lose to Fulham in the play-off final, before finishing third again in 2020-21 and beating Swansea 2-0 at Wembley to see them back in the top-flight for the first time since 1947. Frank also last term guided Brentford to the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

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