Devlin spoke about the management structure, transfer prospects and Brentford’s pre-season schedule.
Brentford have recently appointed a new manager and made changes to their set-up at the club and Devlin seeked to clarify their position heading into the summer.
Sky sources understand Mark Warburton is one of the frontrunners for the Burnley job – should Sean Dyche leave – and Devlin offered his support for the departing boss.
“Mark can take the time to choose the club that is right for him and the owner for him. Everything he did at Brentford would indicate he would be a success in whatever role he goes on to. We wish him the very best from everyone at Brentford,” he said.
“There’s always a risk to what has gone on. Certainly at the outset our fans were confused, worried, disappointed when we were forced to make the [Warburton] announcement much earlier than we would have liked to. The fans have come to terms with that and believe in our owner.”
Devlin admits Brentford considered four candidates for the head coach position but felt Dijkhuizen was the perfect fit.
“There was fairly wide net that we looked at,” he said. “We basically looked at people that overachieved at clubs they were at and if you look at Marinus’ CV that’s certainly what he has done over the years.
“Firstly, his footballing CV is very, very good – great things with his last club Excelsior, getting them promoted and keeping them in the Eredivisie for the first time in their history. When we met with Marinus it was clear he shared a lot of the philosophies a lot of the things we wanted to structure the club and bring the club forward and we found someone that shared that and had the man-management skills. So he ticked all the boxes.
“We cast the net across clubs across Europe and mainly the UK. We looked at individuals within those clubs. We looked at the performance of the team versus the resources they had at their disposal. We narrowed that down in the end to four candidates, all very, very good guys. And Marinus was successful.”
Brentford have changed their managerial structure and Devlin explained how the new system will work.
“You have Rasmus and Phil Giles as co- directors of football. Phil will be more responsible for using stats to bring to the attention of the head coach and having identified positions within the football team and the squad that need strengthening. Phil will have a team that will provide input for that. Rasmus’ background is more football-orientated. He’s been more involved at our sister club, Midtjylland in Denmark, and takes more of a role in football structure and academy structure. So you have two guys – one football-orientated and the other on the stats.
“It’s not all just about winning football and gaining promotion. Clearly from our point of view we want to improve from last season when we finished fifth, so that is something we all want to achieve. We are keen to look at different ways of recruiting players on the field, we want to be in a better position than last year. Off the field it is about how we build the long-term future that is right for Brentford Football Club.
“There are plenty of players that have been looked at and are being looked at. We want to add quality to the squad – that is a process that has been going on for a little while. Now that Marinus is on board he can have a little more involvement in that but we have obviously had to start that process ahead of recruiting him. We would expect to add to the squad, we have got a very talented squad from last year and some of the players had to go back to parent clubs like Alex Pritchard.”
There have been concerns that the changes at Brentford could leave the club unsettled next season but Devlin moved to allay any player fears.
“Rasmus and Phil have already met with all the players and they have explained all the innovations we are trying to bring in and the outlook. There is nothing to worry about all; actually the good thing is we are looking to add quality to the squad,” he said.
Brentford are keen to improve on their performance last season and have already got plans in place for their pre-season schedule.
“A hint is we are looking at playing Stoke City and hopefully Norwich City at Carrow Road in August. There will be a game against a Premier League club behind closed doors. We will play Boreham Wood and Luton Town as part of the deal that bought Andre Gray to the club last year.”