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´The grass is not always greener´ – Chelsea target Frank in no rush to leave Brentford

SoccerNews in English Premier League 22 May 2024

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Reported Chelsea target Thomas Frank is in no rush to leave Brentford, saying “the grass is not always greener” for managers who choose to jump ship.

Chelsea are hunting their fourth permanent boss under the Todd Boehly regime, having surprisingly parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino by mutual consent on Tuesday.

With the Blues reportedly looking for a dynamic young coach capable of working within their existing set-up, Ipswich Town’s Kieran McKenna and Bees boss Frank have been touted as possible successors.

Brentford’s finish of 16th in 2023-24 was their worst since Frank led them to the Premier League in 2021, but they remained comfortably clear of the drop zone despite battling a lengthy injury list and seeing Ivan Toney suspended for the first half of the season.

Across their three seasons in the Premier League, Brentford rank ninth for expected goals (xG) per 90 minutes (1.44) and eighth for expected goals against (xGA) per 90 (1.38).

While Frank has refused to rule out a move after almost six years as Brentford’s head coach, he is not actively searching for a new job.

“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?

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

Brentford have already seen set-piece coach Bernardo Cueva agree to join Chelsea, and reports have suggested the Blues’ hierarchy were unimpressed with how Pochettino’s staff dealt with dead balls.

Brentford ranked second for xG from set-pieces in the Premier League this season (15.7) and allowed opponents the third lowest xGA figure from such situations (8.6), behind only Arsenal and Manchester City.

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