Dijkhuizen: Let’s keep building

Date published: Thursday 4th June 2015 3:14

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The 43-year-old Dutchman took control of the Bees following the end of the season and on Thursday, the club unveiled their new vision for the future – a philosophy based around mathematical modelling to get the best out of current players.

Dijkhuizen said: “The owners have a clear vision, a new one, with original thinking. They want to get better as a club.

“We’ve talked a lot about it; it’s an interesting story, especially for me, because part of modern football is to use all sorts of stuff to get better. I’m fully behind the policy.

“In the beginning of the process I watch the team, I have my opinion of what we need, and then we discuss with the sporting directors – the training and also the recruitment. We decide as a team. It will be okay I think.

“I don’t think the previous manager is a hard act to follow. There is a good base for me to build on, they already play good football and came fifth in the league. I hope we can build on that.”

New directors of football Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles were equally enthused by the plan, with Ankersen adding: “Brentford won’t win by spending more than our competition so we need to out-think the competition.

“There are lots of sayings in football; ‘don’t change a winning team’, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, but we think it’s important to improve things and that includes changing things that are working.

“Stats have been involved in football for a long time. It’s not breaking news. It’s what you do with the stats which can make a difference.

“I can text the coach to give him a different perspective. Intuition and gut feeling have a role to play as well, but it has to be the right balance.”

Brentford were defeated in the semi-finals of the 2014/2015 Championship play-offs by Middlesbrough.

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