Dijkhuizen welcomes Brentford challenge

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June 01, 2015 13:54:04 UK

Brentford have named Marinus Dijkhuizen as their new head coach after dispensing with the services of Mark Warburton.

Warburton parted company with the Bees despite leading the club to the Championship play-offs, where they were beaten by Middlesbrough.

Dutchman Dijkhuizen moves to Griffin Park having been in charge of SBV Excelsior since January 2014.

The 43-year-old will be assisted by fellow Dutchman Roy Hendriksen, while Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles will be the club’s co-directors of football.

Dijkhuizen said: “I am proud to be the new head coach of Brentford. I have been to Brentford once before, with my father and brother, to see a game against Coventry City in March 2014.

“We stood on the terrace behind the goal and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of football. I am looking forward to working with everyone at the club for a bright future.”

Brentford are 7.00 to be promoted from the Championship in 2015/16 while Middlesbrough can be backed at 4.50 to go up and Hull City at 3.25.

During his playing career, Dijkhuizen had a spell at Dunfermline, while in his time in charge of Excelsior have just finished in their highest league position for almost 30 years.

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