Brentford appoint Dijkhuizen as manager
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Brentford have announced the appointment of former Excelsior boss Marinus Dijkhuizen as manager following the end of Mark Warburton's tenure at the club.

Warburton was released at the end of the season despite leading his side to the play-offs after a disagreement with owner Matthew Benham over the club's future transfer policy.

Now, 43-year-old Dutchman Dijkhuizen - who also played for FC Utrecht and Dunfirmline in a 14-year playing career - will take over the reigns at Griffin Park as the Bees look to consolidate on a hugely successful season.

The club has appointed Roy Hendriksen as assistant manager, the 46-year-old joining from Excelsior's fellow Dutch side NEC, who play in the Netherlands' second tier.

Dijkhuizen will work with the recently-appointed co-directors of football at Brentford, Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles.

"The appointment of the new head coach was a very important part of the restructure of the football management we have been undertaking," owner Benham said on the club website. 

"We wanted someone who could share our vision for the future.

"We want to be an innovative club in everything we do and having a head coach who thinks in that way was very important."

Under Dijkhuizen, who took over in January 2014, Excelsior finished in 15th place in the 18-team Dutch top flight last term, but finished the season without a win in nine games.

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