Thomas Frank claims Brentford are ‘an example to follow for clubs around the world’ after ‘special’ promotion

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Thomas Frank led Brentford into the Premier League for the first time in their history and then vowed: ‘We’ll worry about that tomorrow - tonight I want to get drunk!’ 


The Bees secured a return to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1947 with a 2-0 victory over Swansea in the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley.


"Right now I just want to get so drunk tonight and then tomorrow we can think about the Premier League,” Frank laughed. 


The victory ended a run of nine straight failures in play-off campaigns and offered redemption for last season’s agonising extra-time defeat to Fulham at Wembley.


Promotion to the Premier League for the first time ever marks the latest high for a club that has been on a remarkable upwards trajectory under the ownership of Matthew Benham over the past decade and for Frank, who had no professional playing career, completes his personal rise from youth coach in his native Denmark to Premier League manager. 


“I’m so, so pleased and humble and proud to be part of this journey, with a lot of fantastic dedicated intelligent people, from staff to players, everyone in this club," he added.

"The way we’ve built the club and progressed year after year and stayed calm after the unbelievable setback of last year. This must be an example to follow for so many clubs around the world. 


“It is an unbelievable feeling to be part of something this special.


“To be able to be part of this and play my role, of course, I’m very proud of that. Because I really, really walked the hard way, coaching from when I was 20 from Under-8s to the Premier League. I really hope that can inspire other coaches out there who have that dream to inspire people to be better people and players. 


“There should be a lot of clubs out there dreaming that everything is possible that if you work hard, have a top strategy and a great togetherness then everything is achievable.”

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