Marinus Dijkhuizen has revealed his pride at becoming Brentford's new head coach, and is looking forward to a bright future with the Bees.The 43-year-old arrives at Griffin Park after leaving Rotterdam club S.B.V. Excelsior last week, and he will be assisted at the London club by fellow Dutchman Roy Hendriksen.
The duo will work alongside co-Directors of Football Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles as part of the club's new management team.
“I am proud to be the new Head Coach of Brentford FC,” Dijkhuizen told brentfordfc.co.uk.
“I have been to Brentford FC 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. There was some very good play.
“We also loved the ambience in and around the stadium. That is football at its best.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone at the club for a bright future.”
Dijkhuizen replaces Mark Warburton at Brentford as part of a restructuring, which comes after they finished fifth in the Sky Bet Championship last term.
Owner Matthew Benham believes Dijkhuizen shares the vision they have for the future of the club.
“The appointment of the new head coach was a very important part of the restructure of the football management we have been undertaking,” Benham said.
“We want to be an innovative club in everything we do and having a head coach who thinks in that way was very important.
“There was a wide search and lots of candidates were considered but Marinus was the overwhelming choice of everyone involved in the selection process.
“I am sure Brentford fans will join me in welcoming him to the club and give him all their support in the coming months and years.”