Experienced German coach Christopher Franks has joined Dennis Kutrieb’s staff as first-team coach.
Franks is well known to the Fleet boss having worked with him at Tennis Borussia Berlin last season where he also trained the club’s U19s.
Previously assistant manager with TSV Rudow in the Berlin-Liga, Franks has also worked for the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB, the German football association) for many years, most notably during the 2006 World Cup in his home country when he was part of the national side’s backroom and scouting staff as they finished third place overall in the tournament.
“He’s a very good guy and the right character,” said Kutrieb of his new right-hand man. “He helps with scouting and he helps on the pitch because he sees lots of things. He’s the right man for our staff, him and me we are tight together. He’s not the loudest character but everything he says is important.”
Recent seasons have seen a number of contractors who provided coaching, medical and performance assistance to the managers and players in their day-to-day schedule. Franks’ appointment, following on from Lee Taylor’s arrival as head of performance, reflects the club’s philosophy for small, tight-knit and efficient full-time professional staff solely committed and focused to the club and players’ preparation, growth and well-being.