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Thomas Frank happy to walk away from the game if criticism became too harsh

Thomas Frank file photo
(Image credit: Tim Goode)

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has revealed he would have no qualms about turning his back on management and doing something “more important” if the criticism surrounding the role became too much.

The abuse suffered by some managers has been highlighted this week in the wake of Steve Bruce’s departure from Newcastle.

Frank has encountered no such abuse in his three years as Bees boss, having guided them into the Premier League where they have enjoyed an excellent start to the season.

But the popular Dane, who holds a BA in Physical Education, is convinced that were that to change he could easily take a step back and even switch professions.

“It’s so easy these days to criticise the manager. In modern times it’s part of the job that you apparently need to be criticised if things aren’t going your way,” said Frank, whose side host Leicester on Sunday.

“That’s why sometimes you think ‘is it really worth it?’ I love working with people, I love working in football. I’ve been privileged in my career to work with good people. There are highs and lows. It is a tough job. So maybe sometimes I think there’s other things you also need to do in your life.

“It’s about being aware of what are the most important things in life. Football is important, it means so many things to so many people. But there’s so much else in life that is much more important.

“It’s the same in any profession. If you want to create something special you have to put in a lot of hours. It’s that part, plus the pressure, which is second to none compared to any other profession in life, or sport, I would say.

“That’s the combination where you start thinking ‘is there other interesting things in life that you want to carry on with?’

“There is not one human being, or one coach, where criticism is not hitting you a little bit. I don’t think that’s possible. Then it’s just how much or how little it affects you.

“I’m pretty convinced I have my priorities right in terms of friends and family in life. And if I don’t to do this I’ll just (do) an even more important job, a schoolteacher, or work with children.

“That is more important than the job I’m doing now. I think I’ll do something else, I’m convinced of that.”