THOMAS FRANK is planning to give his Brentford players Christmas off.
Manchester City’s trip to the Club World Cup has effectively given the Bees a bonus winter break because they will not play for ten days.
Boss Frank believes his team — flying after three Premier League wins in a row — should be rewarded with a couple of two-day breaks, which is normally unheard of at this intense stage of the season.
Brentford were due to visit City on December 23 but that has been postponed due to the champions’ trip to Saudi Arabia.
After facing Aston Villa on December 17, Brentford’s next game is against Wolves on December 27 — also at the Gtech Community Stadium — so Frank is considering shutting the training ground on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Not that it takes much to annoy Wolves boss Gary O’Neil, but he is likely to be even angrier as his team must play Chelsea on Christmas Eve.
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With a likely warm-down session on Christmas Day, he will have no time to prepare for the game at Brentford.
Another quirk for Bees fans is they will not have to travel far for Premier League matches over the next few months.
After a trip to Sheffield United on December 9, the next Brentford away game outside of London will be at Wolves on February 10.
Brentford will also be boosted by the return of their suspended star striker Ivan Toney on January 17.
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But don’t bet on him staying at the club beyond the end of the transfer window.
Arsenal and Chelsea are targeting the striker, who has reportedly informed club bosses of his desire to leave.
It is understood Brentford will demand £80million to let Toney leave.
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