Marinus Dijkhuizen: Brentford head coach wants bigger squad

Marinus Dijkhuizen
Marinus Dijkhuizen guided Excelsior to 15th place in the Dutch Eredivisie last season

New Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen wants to work with a bigger squad than his predecessor at the Championship club, Mark Warburton.

Warburton used just 24 players in the league last season - the joint fewest in the whole Football League - as the Bees reached the play-offs.

"We have discussed the squad a lot," Dijkhuizen told BBC London 94.9.

"I've not seen a lot of games but I think we need a bigger squad because there are a lot of games."

Brentford's achievement in finishing fifth last season, in their first campaign in the second tier since 1992-93, was all the more remarkable as six of the 24 players used by Warburton made less than five league appearances.

Four players; Betinho, Scott Hogan, Jack O'Connell and Nico Yennaris, featured just once for the Bees in the Championship.

Warburton left Griffin Park at the end of May after disagreeing with the future strategy of the club, which will incorporate statistics and mathematical modelling in player recruitment.

Analysis on Dijkhuizen
"Marinus Dijkhuizen has a very strong vision about an attacking way of playing," Martijn Mooiweer of Dutch football magazine ELF Voetbal told BBC London 94.9.
"He plays with three strikers and gives his players lots of responsibility. Not a lot of coaches give players so much freedom.
"Excelsior is just a little club in Holland and at the highest level he played in an attacking way. A lot of teams were surprised by that and that was the secret behind their success."

The Bees have already signed two players this summer - midfielders Akaki Gogia and Ryan Williams - and Dijkhuizen wants to add more "good quality" players to the squad.

"It is important to get a good quality of players because then you can make changes when you play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday," the 43-year-old added.

"I think if you have good enough players you can make more changes - not six or seven, but two or three - and that is better for the squad and results."

Dijkhuizen, who joined from Dutch Eredivisie side Excelsior, will spend his time before pre-season commences studying the Championship on video.

"It is important to meet the staff, watch games and get used to English football as it is different to the Netherlands," he said.

"It is hard to watch games on a laptop but it is good for a first impression.

"It is a big adventure for me to improve myself and the team with innovation and ideas and I am very excited. I have so much work to do."

Brentford's summer transfer dealings so far
Ins: Akaki Gogia (Hallescher FC, free), Ryan Williams (Morecambe, free)
Outs: Richard Lee and Kevin O'Connor (both retired), Nick Proschwitz and Tommy Smith (both released)

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