“They’re going to hit the ground running” Former Brentford star Hermann Hreidarsson tips the Bees for Premier League survival

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Hermann Hreidarsson knows a thing or two about being relegated from the Premier League. The Icelandic former centre half shares the record for the most top flight demotions with five. But the 47-year-old believes Brentford - whom he represented between 1998 and 1999 - can do what his Crystal Palace, Wimbledon, Ipswich, Charlton and Portsmouth sides couldn’t.

“I think that the key things for survival are in place already,” Hreidarsson, who also won the 2008 FA Cup with Portsmouth, tells FFT ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener between the Bees and Arsenal. “I think the base is there, with their clear style of play over the past few seasons, and Thomas Frank’s brave approach. The players know their roles and play the game the right way with their energetic style of play. I think they will hit the ground running and be very entertaining no matter what happens.”

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.