Thomas Frank hints that he would snub Aston Villa job as he has ‘unfinished business’ at Brentford


Thomas Frank insists he is enjoying life at Brentford despite featuring on Aston Villa’s list of possible replacements for Steven Gerrard.

Even though the Bees were beaten 4-0 at Villa Park, Frank is admired by Villa – led here by caretaker boss Aaron Danks – for the fine job he has done at Brentford, and has a long-standing friendship with Villa sporting director Johan Lange.

Yet Brentford are hopeful Frank will sign a new deal with them, which would secure a huge pay rise.

‘There are a lot of rumours out there and Villa is a great club in many ways, but I’m pleased to be at Brentford and I have unfinished business here,’ said Frank. ‘I have a job and I am very happy.

‘I love Brentford and that is what I am focusing on. I’ve just lost 4-0 and the only thing I feel is pain inside my body. All other rumours, one way or the other, I am not spending too much time on. I think that is a fair answer today.’

Danks’ team selection caught the eye as he left captain John McGinn out of the starting XI and dropped Jacob Ramsey, another player regarded highly by Gerrard.

Gerrard was sacked on Thursday night and even though this may be Danks’ only game in charge, he has made his mark.

‘We got back late from the defeat at Fulham and I got a call asking me to step forward,’ said Danks. ‘It’s been a roller-coaster few days but the players played with energy and purpose.

‘John McGinn is a super professional and it wasn’t about dropping anyone. We’ve had three games this week and it was about bringing players on who could affect the game.’


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