Thomas Frank doubts he will match Marcelo Bielsa’s longevity

Thomas Frank will lock horns with his 66 year old model Marcelo Bielsa on Sunday, admitting that he is likely still in the game at the same age.

Dane 48 years old will marry Brentford arrived at Bielsa’s Leeds on Sunday admiring one of the game’s most lauded coaches, but acutely aware of the demands on Premier League managers.

When asked if he sees himself still playing at the age of 66, he replied: “If you asked me now, I would say no.

“I love this game, I feel so honored to be a part of it. I love the job that I have every day and I want to continue for as long as possible.

“It’s no secret that I love it in the Premier League, it’s great to be a part of that circus – mostly on the pitch, not so much about the media circus but it’s part of it. .

“But it is a long way into the future. I know I’ll never lie back and do nothing because I can’t sit still for that long, but maybe, maybe not the head coach or the manager because it’s a tough job. when you put everything in there.

“But you never know, maybe I’ll be sitting here in 18 years.”

Frank, who guided the bees to the pinnacle flight at the end of last season, says Bielsa was a major influence on his career and was also an admirer of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson for both their quality and longevity.

However, a conversation with former England manager Hodgson, then in charge at Crystal Palace in a game the reserve team appeared sober towards the younger man.

Frank said: “I asked him, ‘Are you still cranky or can you hold your head? Are you more comfortable now? ‘, and he said, ‘No, still the same,’ and I was just a little nervous, ‘Ahhh. Okay, so I need to continue this passion and energy’.

“That’s the thing. You don’t lose that passion, you don’t lose it if a player does something stupid or you’re losing a game or… that’s what drives them and I admire that so much. ” Thomas Frank doubts he will match Marcelo Bielsa’s longevity


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