Five facts on Brentford linked manager candidate Marinus Dijkhuizen

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The Excelsior manager is reportedly close to taking over at Brentford, here are a few facts on him.

Recent media reports including Sky Sports have strongly linked Excelsior manager Marinus Dijkhuizen with the soon to be vacant head coach role at Brentford.

Mark Warburton is set to depart this summer after an impressive two year spell in charge at Griffin Park, after he and owner Matthew Benham disagreed on the direction the club should be taking.

The Bees finished 5th in the Championship this season, just one year after coming up from League One, losing out to Middlesbrough in the playoff semi-finals as they sought to reach the Premier League.

Though the links to Dijkhuizen remain speculation until any official confirmation, below are five facts on the Dutchman:

1.) Marinus Dijkhuizen was a 6'6" striker in his playing days who scored plenty of goals in the second division of Dutch football, mainly with present club Excelsior, as well as Cambuur and TOP Oss. He also turned out for FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie but couldn't replicate his lower league form at the top level.

2.) Dijkhuizen's experience of football in the UK was restricted to a short loan spell with Dunfermline where he scored just twice in 11 games.

3.) The Dutchman retired from playing in 2008, and took over at Excelsior in 2014, after former Newcastle and AC Milan striker Jon Dahl Tomasson left Rotterdam for Roda JC.

4.) In his first year he led the club to promotion to the Dutch top flight, and this year kept them up despite having one of the division's smallest budgets. Excelsior, one of the bookies' favourites to go down, also reached the Dutch League Cup semi-finals.

5.) He employs a 4-3-3 system at Excelsior with an emphasis on wingers staying wide and supplying the centre forward with crosses.

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