Champions League Winning Manager Bursts Into Contention For Brentford Job
Managerless Brentford are no doubt keen to appoint a boss who can continue the excellent work of the now departed Dean Smith, who has vacated his Bees post after three years in charge in order to succeed the sacked Steve Bruce at Aston Villa.
Interim boss Thomas Frank has been installed as the early odds-on favourite to replace Smith at the helm, and his knowledge of the club and experience of working with the players puts him in good stead for the full-time job, while he’s proving to be a popular pick among many fans.
Luton Town boss Nathan Jones has been touted as a possible contender, as have the likes of Leyton Orient’s Danny Cowley, Michael Appleton and Rui Faria.
Interestingly, a former Champions League winning manager has now stormed onto the scene after his odds were cut from 16/1 to just 7/2 in the betting, making him the second favourite behind market leader Frank.
The man in question is former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo who miraculously led the Blues to Champions League and FA Cup double in 2012.
Unfortunately for the Italian his managerial career has since been in free fall.
Six months after lifting the European crown he was axed by the capital club, then in his next job over in Germany he would last only 33 matches at Schalke.
It then got worse as Di Matteo’s return to English soil with Aston Villa saw him sacked just a dozen games into the 2016/17 season, and he’s been out in the wilderness ever since.
Di Matteo may have the Champions League and FA Cup on his managerial CV, but given his subsequent failings it’s unlikely that too many Brentford supporters would be keen on an appointment at Griffin Park.
Instead, it's Frank who looks the best bet at this moment in time, although Jones and Cowley could be worth keeping a close eye on.