Brentford staff profiles

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FOOTBALL EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL

Rasmus Ankersen

Nationality: Danish

Met owner Matthew Benham in 2013, having drawn his attention with his book The Goldmine Effect, in which he travelled the world to find out the secrets of high performance. Was chairman of FC Midtjylland, Benham's other club, before becoming Co-Director of Football at Brentford in 2015.

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL

Philip Giles

Nationality: English

Was Head of Quantitative Sports Research for Smartodds, owned by Benham, before being appointed to his current role at Brentford in 2015.

COACHING

HEAD COACH

Thomas Frank

Nationality: Danish

Led Brondby to top-four finishes in successive seasons before joining Brentford as Assistant Head Coach in December 2016. Took the top job in October 2018 and achieved coveted promotion to the Premier League in 2020/21.

ASSISTANT

Brian Riemer

Nationality: Danish

First appointment to Frank's staff in October 2018. Had previously worked for Copenhagen for a decade, latterly as Assistant Manager.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Kevin O'Connor

Nationality: English

Made 501 appearances for the Bees in a one-club playing career spanning 15 years. Took a player-coach role with the club in 2014 before becoming B Team Head Coach in 2016 and then First Team Assistant Head Coach two years later.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Manu Sotelo

Nationality: Spanish

Was a coach at several clubs in his homeland before joining Aitor Karanka at Nottingham Forest in 2018/19. Was with Al Ahli in Doha ahead of move to Brentford in August 2020.

PERFORMANCE

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE

Chris Haslam

Nationality: English

Returned to Brentford for a second spell in 2016 as Head of Academy Sport Science. Promoted to First Team Head of Performance a year later.

SPORT SCIENTIST

Matthew King

Nationality:

Joined in 2014 as a Sport Scientist after three years as an analyst at Exeter City.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Tom Perryman

Nationality: English

Long-standing member of staff who manages strength and conditioning programmes in the gym and on the training pitch.

CONSULTANT SLEEP COACH

Anna West

Nationality: Danish

Has worked with the Bees since 2016, with Haslam declaring: “Besides training, I truly believe quality sleep is the biggest fundamental tool a player can use to reach peak performance on a daily basis.” Delivered an excellent presentation at TGG's Recovery Webinar in April 2021.

CONSULTANT PSYCHOLOGIST

Michael Caulfield

Nationality: English

One of the UK’s leading Sport Psychologists, having been in pro sport for more than 25 years. Has worked alongside managers including Gareth Southgate, Steve Bruce and Mick Phelan, and with Dean Smith and Thomas Frank at Brentford. Also delivered an excellent session at TGG's Recovery Webinar - on mental recovery.

MEDICAL

HEAD OF MEDICAL

Neil Greig

Nationality: English

Worked at Watford for more than four years before joining Brentford in 2010. One of the longest-serving members of staff at the club.

SENIOR PHYSIO

Nick Stubbings

Nationality: English

Joined in July 2014 from Charlton and worked with the Academy and B team before moving up to the first team in 2018.

DATA & ANALYSIS

HEAD OF DATA & TECHNOLOGY

Luke Stopforth

Nationality: English

Joined in June 2011 as first-team Performance Analyst. Stepped into the lead role in 2015 and took up this new role this summer.

HEAD OF ANALYSIS

Josh Kirk

Nationality: English

Appointed in September 2021 after three years as first-team performance analyst at Sheffield United. Responsible for ensuring that the coaching team have access to world-class opposition analysis as well as providing input to the assistant coaches during live games.

TACTICAL STATISTICIAN

Bernardo Cueva

Nationality: Mexican

Appointed to this unique role in September 2020, having previously been Strategic Analysis Manager at Club Deportivo Guadalajara (known as Guadalajara or Chivas. He is responsible for measuring the style of play and is also involved with set pieces.

ANALYST

Joe Newton

Nationality: English

Arrived in September 2019 from New Saints.

ASSISTANT ANALYST

Jack Wilson

Nationality: Scottish

With the club since September 2020, having previously worked for the Irish FA, Hearts and Dundee United.

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