New Brentford boss Marinus Dijkhuizen describes Griffin Park memories

Brentford Griffin Park

The club's new head coach has arrived from Excelsior and is looking forward to getting started with the Bees.

Brentford today announced that Marinus Dijkhuizen will be the club's new head coach, replacing Mark Warburton.

The Dutchman has taken over at the Bees after a spell in charge of Excelsior where he took the minnows into the Eredivisie and kept them there this season despite operating with a limited budget, and he went on to discuss his previous experience with the club on Brentford's official website

Dijkhuizen has been to see Brentford play in the past, perhaps hinting that the club have been keeping their eye on his qualities for some time.

“I have been to Brentford FC once before, with my father and brother," said the former striker. "To see a game against Coventry City in March 2014.

“We stood on the terrace behind the goal and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of football.

“There was some very good play. We also loved the ambiance in and around the stadium. That is football at its best."

Dijkhuizen has a little experience of British football, having taken in a loan at Dunfermiline in 2000.

The 43-year-old will be assisted by Roy Hendriksen, who has joined from NEC, and he emphasised how happy he was to be taking charge of the Bees, who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League this season after making the playoffs.

“I am proud to be the new Head Coach of Brentford FC," he added.

“I am looking forward to working with everyone at the Club for a bright future.”

Brentford's new boss will have to follow up on the superb work by departing manager Warburton, with the Englishman having taken the club to 5th in the Championship in their first season since coming up from League One.

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