Frank is extremely ‘proud’ to defy the odds with Brentford after their promotion last term
Thomas Frank says he is very proud to have achieved huge success with Brentford “against the odds”.
The Bees face Chelsea this weekend in their first top flight fixture against the Blues since 1947.
Their promotion to the Premier League last term was a huge achievement for the club as it was their first time in the top flight in 74 years.
“Our feeling of being proud of this performance to achieve promotion to the Premier League is massive,” said Frank, whose side are four points behind Chelsea after taking 12 from their opening seven games.
“The feeling would be big no matter if we were clearly the best club with the most money in the Championship. It’s that bit extra, you’re even more proud when it’s a little bit against the odds.
“You know you don’t have the most money, you are a smaller club, you build it over time – and that definitely gives me fantastic satisfaction.
“I think when you are up there as the best teams – and City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United are the four teams that stand out – all of them have much more money.
“They are very proud when they win the title, but when you compete against the odds I think that gives you bigger satisfaction.”
Newcastle’s takeover has been completed since Brentford last played, the 2-1 win at West Ham that extended the Bees’ unbeaten Premier League run to three games.
A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund bought the Magpies in a £300m deal.
Asked if Newcastle’s cash injection made his job tougher, Frank said: “I may be the wrong manager to answer that question. I believe we have the lowest budget of all clubs in the league.
“If another club gets more money than us, then so be it. It will always be like that as long as we have a competition like this in Europe, and not in the USA where they are doing it differently.
“Some clubs have more money than other clubs, so that difference will always be there.
“I just hope that this Financial Fair Play can actually be executed and looked after.
“It’s something you need to look into if you want a relatively fair competition.”