Thomas Frank feels lower-league clubs can take inspiration from Brentford

Brentford v Swansea City – Sky Bet Championship – Playoff – Final – Wembley Stadium
(Image credit: Mike Egerton)

Thomas Frank believes Brentford can be an inspiration to lower-league clubs all around the world.

The Bees, who have spent the best part of 74 years bouncing around the bottom two divisions, on Saturday completed their remarkable journey to the Premier League.

Their shrewd player trading policy is widely regarded as the blueprint to follow for teams lower down the league ladder.

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But the 2-0 Wembley win over Swansea – their first successful play-off campaign at the 10th attempt – means Brentford’s new Community Stadium will be hosting Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool next season.

“I’m so, so pleased and humble and proud to be part of this journey, with a lot of fantastic, dedicated, intelligent people, from staff to players, everyone in this club,” said Frank.

“The way we’ve built the club and progressed year after year and stayed calm after the unbelievable setback of last year. This must be an example to follow for so many club’s around the world.”

Frank’s own journey is far from conventional. Never a professional, the Dane began coaching kids in his early 20s before progressing to Denmark’s youth set-up and then Brondby.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to be part of something this special, I’m really humble about it because I know I played a part,” he added.

Thomas Frank celebrates with Brentford's fans

Thomas Frank celebrates with Brentford’s fans (Mike Egerton/PA)

“To be able to be part of this and play my role, of course, I’m very proud of that because I really, really walked the hard way, coaching from when I was 20 from Under-8s to the Premier League.

“I really hope that can inspire other coaches out there who have that dream to inspire people to be better people and players.”

First-half goals from Ivan Toney and Emliano Marcondes, and a late red card for Jay Fulton, condemned Swansea to another season in the Championship.

Boss Steve Cooper has been linked with the vacancies at Crystal Palace and West Brom, but he insisted pre-season preparations would begin as normal.

Andre Ayew, Wayne Routledge and Kieron Freeman are out of contract this summer while Freddie Woodman, Marc Guehi and Conor Hourihane end their loan spells.

“It’s the off-season now, whether it finished a few weeks ago or now, we had to determine which league we were going to be in,” said Cooper.

“It’s the Championship so we’ll just plan accordingly. Some players will come and some will go. That’s normal. We’ll just crack on with those plans now.”

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