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Thomas Frank stopped short of barring himself from the race for the vacancy at Aston Villa following Brentford’s 4-0 defeat to the Midlands side.
The Brentford manager, one of many names deemed to be scrutinized by Villa’s board of directors following Steven Gerrard’s dismissal on Thursday, repeated he was happy in West London, but chose his words carefully.
Keeper-manager Aaron Danks, who grew up in nearby Yardley, had a dream debut at the helm of his local team, but has called himself a “career manager” who is fully focused only on the next game, away to Newcastle.
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Villa is believed to be willing to pay the £ 27m release clause for Sporting’s Ruben Amorim, and could also give voice to Thomas Tuchel, the former Chelsea manager. Mauricio Pochettino is also believed to have made it known that he would not consider the role with Michael Beale, Danks’ predecessor as Gerrard’s assistant and now head of QPR, telling Talksport that “there is no chance” of him returning to the club in the game. immediate future.
Frank, who led Brentford to promotion and then to 13th place in the Premier League last season, has had a steady start this season and there is talk of a new contract. After seeing his team suffer another major defeat away, the Dane was again asked about the Villa job.
“There [are] a lot of rumors out there. I realize this is a great club in many ways, but I have said that many times before I am happy at Brentford and have some unfinished business to do, “he said.” It’s football. One thing is certain. that I have a job that I’m very happy with. I love Brentford, that’s what I’m focusing on. “
Danks said: “As a local boy, I know the area and the fans, so it was good from that perspective. I know the players well and they played with energy and determination as I asked them. I didn’t have much time to think. Some really good people have lost their roles, others I was close to. For me it was not a moment of reflection but of looking forward. I have so much respect for those guys ”.
The former England Under-21 manager insisted he hadn’t considered taking over Villa’s three games before the World Cup. “I haven’t even thought about it. I joined as a manager and to be part of a growth project, “he said.” This club is steeped in tradition and history and we just want this club to move. “