Thomas Frank (football manager)

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Thomas Frank
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-10-09) 9 October 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Frederiksværk, Denmark[1]
Club information
Current team
Brentford (assistant head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Frederiksværk BK
Teams managed
1995–1998 Frederiksværk BK (youth)
1998–2004 Hvidovre IF (youth)
2005 B93 (youth)
2006–2008 Lyngby (youth)
2008–2011 Denmark U16
2008–2012 Denmark U17
2012–2013 Denmark U19
2013–2016 Brøndby IF
2016– Brentford (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Frank (born 9 October 1973) is a Danish football manager and coach who is currently assistant head coach at Brentford. After 18 years in youth coaching, he managed Brøndby IF between 2013 and 2016.

Coaching and management career

Youth development

Frank began his coaching career with the U8-U12 teams at Frederiksværk BK and he moved on to Hvidovre IF in 1998, B93 in 2005 and Lyngby in 2006.[2] In July 2008, he was appointed manager of the Denmark national U16 and U17 teams.[2][3] Franks led the U17 team to the 2011 European U17 Championship finals for the first time in eight years (advancing to the semi-finals before losing 2–0 to Germany)[4][5] and to the 2011 U17 World Cup for the first time ever,[6] in which the Danes were eliminated in the group stage.[7] Franks was promoted to the Denmark U19 manager's job in 2012,[8] but failed to achieve qualification to the 2013 European U19 Championship.[9]

Brøndby IF

Frank was named as manager of Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF on 10 June 2013, his first position in senior football.[10] He achieved 4th and 3rd place finishes respectively in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, high enough to qualify for the Europa League qualification stages,[11] but he failed to lead the club into the group stage in either season.[12][13] Franks resigned on 9 March 2016 after receiving criticism from chairman Jan Bech Andersen, under a pseudonym, on an online supporters' forum.[14][15]

Brentford

On 9 December 2016, Frank moved to England to join Championship club Brentford as assistant head coach alongside Richard O'Kelly.[16] He signed a two-and-a-half year contract.[17] Co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen revealed that Frank would also "look after the players between the B team and the first team and make sure there is a pathway for them and take care of their development".[18] In February 2018, he signed a new contract, running until the end of the 2019–20 season.[19]

Personal life

Frank is married with three children.[2] He was awarded BA in Physical Education by the Copenhagen Institute of Sports Medicine in 1999 and studied sport psychology and coaching-based leadership at the same institution between 2002 and 2005.[2] He also taught at Ishøj College in 2004.[2] Prior to moving to London in December 2016, Frank lived in Hvidovre.[17]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 6 March 2016.
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L Win %
Brøndby IF Denmark 10 June 2013 9 March 2016 103 46 29 28 044.66 [20]
Total 103 46 29 28 044.66

References

  1. ^ "Frederiksværk" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b c d e "U19-landstræner". 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  3. ^ bold.dk. "Thomas Frank ny U17-landstræner". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  4. ^ uefa.com. "Denmark – UEFA.com". www.uefa.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Under-17 2011 - Denmark-Germany – UEFA.com". 15 May 2011. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  6. ^ FIFA.com (13 June 2011). "Frank aiming to write further history". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  7. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 - Groups - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  8. ^ bold.dk. "Trænerrokade på U-landsholdene". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  9. ^ bold.dk. "U19-drenge misser EM efter nederlag". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  10. ^ bold.dk. "Thomas Frank ny cheftræner i Brøndby". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brondby Recent History - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  12. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA Europa League 2014/15 - History - Brøndby – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  13. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA Europa League 2015/16 - History - Brøndby – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Reuters (9 March 2016). "Brondby coach Thomas Frank quits after chairman's online forum criticism". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  15. ^ bold.dk. "Thomas Frank færdig i Brøndby". Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  16. ^ FC, Brentford. "Danish Coach Thomas Frank joins Brentford to work alongside Dean Smith and Richard O'Kelly". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Thomas Frank – DBU". www.dbu.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  18. ^ Street, Tim (12 December 2016). "Brentford director of football reveals new coach's duties". getwestlondon. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Brentford FC Dean Smith, Richard O'Kelly, and Thomas Frank sign contract extensions". Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  20. ^ "Thomas Frank | Latest Betting Odds | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 4 March 2018. 

External links

Thomas Frank management career statistics at Soccerbase

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