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Brentford boss Dijkhuizen will have team talks on text!

Brentford'a newly-appointed boss Marinus Dijkhuizen will get analytical help on the sidelines from co-directors Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles.

The Dutchman took the reins at Griffin Park on June 1 after leaving Excelsior to replace Mark Warburton and will be given plenty of help by his support team in regards to having team talks sent to his phone via text.

Ankersen said: "When you are a coach, you have your own emotional or analytical understanding of how your team has performed in a first half. But we think it's important to have an objective analysis as well to measure that feeling against.

"It's not that intuition and gut feeling don't play a role in football. It's just a different perspective. And that's how we want to work in Brentford.

"In collaboration with Marinus, we will decide what would be useful information for him to have at certain phases: pre-match, post-match and during the game.

"I understand to a conservative culture it may seem a bit radical, and some of the ideas are a bit radical, but we believe that an idea always normalises itself in the process."

Dijkhuizen approved of the new arrangement: "Yes, because when I was last in the stadium, I was standing very low and it's hard to see the pitch. They will see new things and it will be okay."

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