Thomas Frank open up on future amid Chelsea link to replace  Pochettino

Thomas Frank open up on future amid Chelsea link to replace  Pochettino

Thomas Frank says he will probably be in charge of Brentford at the start of the next Premier League season, despite being linked with the Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich jobs.

The managerial merry-go-round is expected to be in full flight this summer, with big clubs looking for new bosses and struggling to find them.

Bayern Munich are finding it very difficult to appoint a replacement for Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea must find a new manager after Mauricio Pochettino’s departure was announced on Tuesday evening and Manchester United are considering a change at the top after a poor season under Erik ten Hag.

The Dane is not unrealistic about the prospect of him leaving Brentford at some point, but loves his job with the club and knows that a move to a higher profile club is not always the right thing to do.

‘I will probably be on that touchline on August 17,’ Frank told The Athletic. ‘I think that will happen. I’m happy here. I’ve said it many times and I mean it.

‘It’s close to the perfect football life. I’m not in any rush or searching to do something else but I also think I’ve learned in life I’m open for what can happen.

‘I can see myself being here for a long period. Can I stay here for seven more years? I don’t know and that’s not that I don’t love Brentford, it’s just: do I want to try something different?

‘But I’m very aware the grass is not greener in the garden next door even if it looks like it. Then you get in there, take a closer look and see there are a lot of weeds in the grass.’

The 50-year-old took charge of Brentford in October 2018, having worked as assistant to Dean Smith at the club previously, and earned promotion to the Premier League in 2021.

It was the first time the club found themselves in the Premier League and Frank has established them as regulars in the top flight, with three unbroken seasons among the elite since.

While Frank is in contention for a string of big jobs, he is not currently favourite for any of the three roles mentioned.

Pochettino’s Chelsea exit makes him a leading candidate for the jobs at Manchester United and Bayern Munich, while Roberto De Zerbi, Kieran McKenna and Ruben Amorim are all linked with Chelsea.

Thomas Frank speaks out on future amid Chelsea and Manchester United links

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