Brentford have announced the arrival of coach Thomas Franks to the club, the former Brondby manager has a wealth of experience back in his native Denmark, where he worked with various age groups of the national team youth set-up. He will become Dean Smith’s joint number two.

The club statement outlines the process and some of the reasoning behind the appointment, “Thomas was chosen by a panel that was led by Dean and also included Richard O’Kelly, Head of Football Operations Rob Rowan and the Club’s Directors of Football – Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen – and will work outside his native Denmark for the first time.”

The Beesotted lads discussed the rumours of Frank’s arrival on this week’s Pride of West London Podcast, after rumours in the Danish media that he was on the verge of joining Brentford. He seems a very experienced coach indeed, so will he be content long-term to play second fiddle at Griffin Park, or is his experience exactly what we need right now to pull the side out of its mid-season slump? Click the link below to hear this week’s edition.


After losing to Norwich 5-0, there was a hell of a lot to discuss as the Beesotted crew met in The Madhatter Hotel in Stamford St near The South Bank just South of the River.

Brentford fans at the Norwich match were clearly angry with the team’s display and lack of action then to rectify a team that was failing to pump on all cylinders – never mind one.

They discussed the team’s display, why we were so impotent, whether we were lacking in experience and leadership, had Smith lost the dressing room or were the players just not playing for the shirt.

Also, with the heated discussions in the dressing room after the match, did we have another ‘Stevenage moment’ – a replica of the moment when Brentford lost to bottom of the table Stevenage and had a 90 minute heated exchange in the dressing room – a moment in time that turned then manager Uwe Rosler’s season around from hanging on a thread to unbeaten run?

Plus there was the £400k price tag put on John Egan – a bargain at half the price was the common consensus. With the prospect of Daniel Bentley’s tribunal settling for £750k or so, is our ‘bargaining hunting’ paying off? Does the scouting team always get it right?