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What will Marinus Dijkhuizen bring to Brentford?

Despite defying expectations for their season and finishing in the championships play-off places the hierarchy at Brentford decided to go in a different direction, announcing they will be parting ways with manager Mark Warburton. The mainly unknown Marinus Dijkhuizen is his replacement, but what will he bring to Brentford explains Max Griffin.

After starting his managerial career VV Montfoort in the Eerste Klasse (Holland’s fifth tier) he guided the side to two successive promotions in the 2009-10 / 2010-11 seasons. Thus leading them to the Topklasse, one below the Jupiler League. He departed at the end of the 2011-12 season. His second job was with VV De Meern in the Dutch seventh tier, a major step back in what was looking to be a progressive career, he was now managing in the fifth tier of amateur football in Holland. He left the club in December 2013 after only 11 months in charge.

Two months after leaving VV De Meern, Dijkhuizen took up the role of manager at S.B.V Excelsior, a side in the Dutch third tierEerste Divisie, he took up the reins with the side in seventh, he started well – winning three of his first five games in charge.  He went on to win ten more games that season, drawing three and losing three. They were promoted to the Eredivisie after a 4-2 aggregate win over RKC Waalwijk – finishing third. While In charge he was commended for his attacking style, winning by fine margins in games such as the 4-1 against Den Bosch and the 5-2 win against FC Eindhoven.

Apart from an easy on the eye attacking style, what will Dijkhuizen bring to Brentford?

The club have said they want to be innovative. Managing the club on and off the field based on a numbers game, using stats for everything from buying players (scouting players statistically rather than watching them and determining their qualities in person) and even training their team, something they have said Dijkhuizen fits the bill with. He too wants to manage the football club using statistics . He is part of a club wide restructuring which has also seen Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles appointed co-directors of football.

Although a massive gamble with no experience outside of the Netherlands and only one job where he’s made it into the countries top two divisions (Struggling when he made it into the Eredivisie and only just managing to keep the club up finishing 15th ,before leaving in the summer of 2015) he is an attacking, progressive coach who so far in his career has consistently improved and is always looking to better himself. A drop down from the Eredivisie to the Championship is a gamble for both Dijkhuizen and Brentford but he fits the job criteria and it could prove to be a smart move for both parties, only time will tell.

Lets hope Brentford do not regret letting go Mark Warburton, the man who got them promoted from League One to the championship and then finishing sixth, finishing in the play-offs at the first time of asking.


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After a two-year absence Excelsior are back in the Eredivisie, although Will Burns predicts it could be a short stay.

Promoted via the playoffs after finishing third last year in the Eerste Divisie, the Rotterdam side would have needed some vast investment to build a squad to survive the Dutch top flight. In addition they have lost last year’s top scorer Lars Veldwijk to Nottingham Forest. The investment and the top experienced signings have not happened, and thus Excelsior should find themselves in the bottom two and back down to the First Division.

On-loan signing Ninos Gouriye (ADO Den Haag) and Tom van Weert from Den Bosch aim to fill Veldwijk’s boots, however, replacing a striker that hit a 30-goal season last campaign, is not an easy task. A third striker Marko Maletic featured on loan at FC Oss last term, signs on a permanent deal after his contract with parent club Stuttgart ended.

Although, once again, Excelsior are a squad built with Eerste Divisie experience and not many former Eredivisie players in the team. One thing that Excelsior can look forward to is the Rotterdam derby with Feyenoord. However, with this squad I cannot see many things to look forward this season for Excelsior.


IN: Bas Kuipers (Ajax), Daan Bovenberg (NEC Nijmegen), Daryl Miegham (Telstar), Marko Maletic (Stuttgart), Ninos Gouriye (ADO Den Haag), Tom van Weert (FC Den Bosch).

OUT: Boy de Jong (PEC Zwolle), Lars Veldwijk (Nottingham Forest).


Taking over from Jon Dahl Tomasson last season and winning promotion in his debut season, Dijkhuizen is a popular figure at the club. Although, like his squad the lack of experience may shine through and the relationship with the club and their fans may end before the season’s finished.


Fast-paced Botaka is a 21-year-old with great talent that should cause some problems to full-backs this season. The winger was great for Excelsior last season, helping the side end the season well for a third-placed finish and providing 10 goals of his own and helping Veldwijk score eight of his.





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