Perhaps Tottenham's managerial solution lies in Brentford's dugout
Is Thomas Frank the man for Tottenham? Daniel Levy continues to scour Europe for his next manager, but perhaps the solution is closer to home… Brentford’s man is tactically astute and he has shown himself to be a more than capable man manager
- Daniel Levy is currently looking for Tottenham’s fourth manager in as many years
- Tottenham supporters appear desperate for a young, progressive appointment
- Thomas Frank fits the bill and Levy would be hard pressed to find a better option
As Tottenham scour Europe for their next manager, perhaps the answer lies in the opposing dugout on Saturday.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has been one of the best coaches in the country during the last four seasons and looks ready to make the step to a club belonging to European football’s traditional elite. Spurs are assessing numerous candidates and admire Feyenoord boss Arne Slot yet it would seem strange if they did not also seek to talk to Frank.
He took Brentford to the brink of promotion in his first campaign, and delivered it the following year. This is the Bees’ second season of comfortable survival in the Premier League – a stunning effort given the struggles usually endured by teams moving up from the Championship.
Frank is fortunate to work with an analysis and recruitment department that is admired across the league and beyond, but no band works without a decent frontman, and the Dane is made for the role.
A smart, engaging character, Frank is tactically flexible and an astute man-manager. Even with the prospect of a long ban – now imposed – hanging over him, Ivan Toney continued to perform at a high level for the Bees. Frank should take huge credit for keeping his main man mentally fresh and focused on the job at hand.
Thomas Frank has shown himself to be one of Europe’s foremost coaches in recent years
His dealing with the Ivan Toney saga has shown him to be a more than adept man manageer
Arne Slot – the Feyenoord boss – has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the Tottenham job
The trickiest task for any Tottenham boss is to find a way to manage effectively the relationship with chairman Daniel Levy and the club hierarchy.
Mauricio Pochettino was a master operator in that respect but few other managers have come close. Frank has a nimble mind and a strong personality – he would be no pushover but equally, he would understand when to choose his battles.
A solid, efficient structure is crucial for a manager like Frank to prosper. Frank has a long history with Johan Lange, the current sporting director of Aston Villa, from their time at Danish club Lyngby.
Lange has done good work during his three years at Villa Park and is thought to have appeared on the radar of other top European clubs.
‘Thomas is Thomas, he walks the talk,’ Birger Jorgensen, the sporting director at Lyngby who hired them both, has told Sky Sports. ‘He has always been the same and will always be the same. He is very hardworking and always in a good mood. Johan is the opposite of Thomas, he keeps his cards close to his chest. But he is a fantastic guy, very smart.’
Julian Nagelsmann it was revealed recently would not become the club’s latest manager after preliminary talks
Mauricio Pochettino looks Chelsea bound despite reports linking him to a Tottenham return
Tottenham will not finish in the Champions League places this summer. They may not even seal European football, although their final two fixtures look favourable.
Harry Kane’s future is up for debate and the squad is in need of an overhaul. Frank has proved adept at working with younger players with a lower profile, and perhaps this is exactly the point from which Tottenham need to rebuild.
Going back to basics under Pochettino produced one of the most enjoyable eras in the club’s modern history, culminating in a Champions League Final. With Pochettino taking the reins at Chelsea, Frank would surely be well placed to start a similar cycle.
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