Brentford are in talks with Oldham boss Dean Holden over the assistant manager position

Brentford are in talks with former Oldham boss Dean Holden over the position of assistant coach as manager Thomas Frank seeks to replace Brian Riemer after stepping down from the role

  • Dean Holden has entered talks with Brentford over an assistant manager role
  • It comes after Brian Riemer left the club to become head coach at Anderlecht
  • Holden, 43, has trained at Oldham, Stoke and Bristol City
  • Thomas Frank’s Brentford are currently 10th in the Premier League after 15 games

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has spoken to former Oldham manager Dean Holden as he ponders potential new assistants.

Frank saw his assistant coach Brian Riemer leave last week after four years to become head coach at Belgian club Anderlecht and wants another bright mind to join his backrooms.

The 43-year-old Holden, who played over 360 games during his playing career as a right-back, was previously an assistant and boss at Championship sides Bristol City and Stoke City.

Former Oldham boss Dean Holden has opened talks with Brentford over an assistant role

Former Oldham boss Dean Holden has opened talks with Brentford over an assistant role

It comes after Brian Riemer (right) left the club to become head coach at Anderlecht

It comes after Brian Riemer (right) left the club to become head coach at Anderlecht

Highly regarded in the game, he has also held talks with high-flying Sheffield United who want to appoint a defensive manager while they push for promotion from the Championship.

Further talks are expected at both Brentford and Sheffield United in the coming days to assess all candidates.

Frank’s side have made a solid start to the season and are 10th at Christmas thanks to striking wins against both Manchester clubs.

Thomas Frank's team made a solid start to the season and is tenth after 15 games

Thomas Frank’s team made a solid start to the season and is tenth after 15 games

They beat champions Manchester City in their last game before the World Cup

They beat champions Manchester City in their last game before the World Cup

However, there have been occasional worrying moments, such as when they conceded nine goals in two away games against Newcastle and Aston Villa.

A respected defensive coach like Holden could be key to tightening the Bees at the back as they look to find more consistency.

Brentford’s first game back after the World Cup will be a tricky encounter with Tottenham at the Community Stadium on Boxing Day.

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