Cerebral, wholesome and unique - Thomas Frank should not consider Man Utd

  • Brentford's Thomas Frank linked to Man Utd job
  • Dane has claimed he is happy in west London
  • Frank should not consider jumping ship to one that's sinking
Frank has been linked with the Man Utd job
Frank has been linked with the Man Utd job / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Thomas Frank once said that he would only ever consider leaving Brentford if the opportunity awaiting him was an extraordinary one.

And, to be fair, your life would become a fair bit extraordinary if you became the new manager of Manchester United. Not necessarily for the better, either.

The Telegraph revealed on Tuesday that Frank is a strong contender for the Old Trafford hot-seat should their INEOS decision-makers decide to part ways with Erik ten Hag.

Having worked in a strong and dependable structure at Brentford that United are trying to replicate at an elite level, it would make sense for both Frank and the Red Devils to be interested in such a move, but it's a platonic admiration that should probably keep its distance.

There is a charm about Frank that has been allowed to flourish at Brentford - a community club tucked within one of the world's most significant cities. The charisma, the dad-swagger, the open-and-honest nature, the kind-and-friendly demeanour, the loveable-and-effable manager.

That is not what United are about. It can't be what they're about.

United and Brentford are worlds apart. Frank has not just been along for the ride with the Bees, but has led it and, knowingly or unknowingly, built it around himself.

What sets Frank apart from other Premier League managers is his personality and how that transmits to his teams. That's easier to implement when you're out of the spotlight and the majority of the press about you is positive, even if that's been earned and deserved. The furnace and fires of the leaky Old Trafford would not be so kind, particularly if results are not immediate.

Frank's career path is unique. He did not play professionally. Barely even semi-professionally. He was a teacher, worked in a kindergarten, started out in youth coaching and made his way up that ladder. When he made it to the dugout of Danish giants Brondby, he was hounded out after receiving online criticism from the chairman on a burner account.

Every inch has been fought for by Frank. Every ounce of potential has been maximised to the fullest. Being hired by United would momentarily make his career a fairytale story, but so much uncertainty remains over the club's operations.

Dave Brailsford, Jim Ratcliffe
Man Utd's INEOS era is underway / Robin Jones/GettyImages

INEOS' plans could take a while to get going. They may never get off the ground at all, such is the unknown in football. If Frank wants a move to a top club, then other more stable solutions should present themselves.

Perhaps most importantly, Frank has downplayed the prospect of joining another club this summer, despite Brentford's own poor season.

"I am really happy where I am," he told Danish outlet Bold.

"It is close to being the perfect club to be in. I can see myself being here for many more years. I am close to the owner, to the sports director. On everyone around the club. Brentford is a club where I really feel at home.

"Immediately I think it [the links] is flattering and a recognition in relation to what I do. And I am glad that others are noticing the work we are doing in Brentford. Having said that, what goes on in Brentford is not a one-man show."

Brentford is home, says Frank. United would not be. Maybe after the long journey he's embarked on to reach the Premier League, that's all that really matters to him.