Brentford’s Thomas Frank tests positive for Covid just TWO DAYS after shaking hands with Spurs squad


Brentford boss Thomas Frank tests positive for Covid-19 just TWO DAYS after shaking Jose Mourinho’s hand in Carabao Cup defeat – but there’s relief at Spurs as entire squad return negative results for virus

  • Brentford have returned two positive Covid-19 tests including Thomas Frank
  • It comes two days after his side’s 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat against Tottenham 
  • Frank will isolate for the next ten days and is set to miss their upcoming games
  • Jose Mourinho in his press conference has said his players have tested negative
  • Tottenham’s next Premier League game against Aston Villa is under risk
  • Mourinho said that it will be ‘impossible’ for Spurs to suffer more postponements

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has tested positive for Covid-19, just two days after they played Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final. 

Frank was one of two positive tests the club has returned, with the manager now isolating for ten days at home.

The news comes just two days after Brentford’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank will self-isolate for ten days after returning a positive Covid test

His positive Covid-19 test comes just two days after he shook hands with the Tottenham squad

His positive Covid-19 test comes just two days after he shook hands with the Tottenham squad

After the defeat, Frank shook hands with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham players before they left the pitch.

However, Mourinho in his pre-match press conference on Friday quashed any concerns over his own team confirming the entire squad had returned negative samples for the virus since the Brentford game.

Tottenham face Marine in the FA Cup on Sunday before they are set to play Aston Villa on Wednesday.

However the clash against Villa is under risk after the club closed it’s Bodymoor Heath training ground after a coronavirus outbreak at the club. 

Mourinho said in his conference that it will be ‘impossible’  for his side to suffer another Premier League postponement this season.

It follows last week’s postponement against Fulham after the west London club suffered a similar fate, while the reverse fixture with the Cottagers in April will also be moved after Spurs reached the Carabao Cup final.

Mourinho said: ‘I believe it is an impossible situation for a club to have three matches postponed, especially if that club plays in Europe.

‘For a Europa League team to have three matches postponed is completely impossible, that is the only thing I can say.

Jose Mourinho has said that his team have returned negative tests since the Brentford game

Jose Mourinho has said that his team have returned negative tests since the Brentford game

‘It is for the Premier League to make decisions, if we don’t play against Aston Villa we will have three matches postponed and that is impossible because it would need the Euros to get moved and that is not going to happen.’

The rescheduled Euro 2020 is due to begin on June 11.

For Brentford in the absence of Frank, their B team head coach Neil MacFarlane took training on Friday as the Bees prepared for their game against Middlesbrough on Saturday where he will be in the dugout. 

It’s likely that MacFarlane will then be in charge for their following Championship games against Bristol City and Reading. 

Mourinho has concerns over further postponements after Aston Villa's Covid-19 outbreak

Mourinho has concerns over further postponements after Aston Villa’s Covid-19 outbreak

Brentford said that due to medical confidentiality they won’t give any further details about the second positive test. 

Middlesbrough have also had their own coronavirus concerns before the match with Brentford.

Their training ground has been closed since Monday after a number of positive tests were returned.

The club’s Under-23 squad have joined the first team squad and staff in further tests ahead of the cup tie with results expected before the weekend’s clash.