Championship side Brentford have appointed Dutch coach Marinus Dijkhuizen as their new Head Coach following the departure of Mark Warburton.
The 43-year-old from the Netherlands has been in the same post at S.B.V. Excelsior since January 2014. Marinus signed a contract late last week to leave the Rotterdam club and take up the role at Griffin Park.
He will be assisted by fellow Dutchman Roy Hendriksen. The pair will work with Co-Directors of Football Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles as part of Brentford’s new football management team.
He replaces Mark Warburton, who was was told in February that he would not be kept on as head coach past the end of the season. Warburton was outspoken in the reasons why, namely that the club's owner Matthew Bentham wants to take the club in a more continental direction in terms of how it is ran, something Warburton didn't agree with.
Benham said: “The appointment of the new Head Coach was a very important part of the restructure of the football management we have been undertaking."
“We wanted someone who could share our vision for the future of Brentford FC. 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.”
Marinus said: “I am proud to be the new Head Coach of Brentford FC. 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 ambiance 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.”