The 48-year-old Brentford manager had an informative chat with former Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson.
Thomas Frank will lock horns with his 66-year-old role model マルセロビエルサ on Sunday admitting he is unlikely to be still in the game at the same age.
Asked if he saw himself still being in football at 66, 彼は返事をした: “If you ask me now, I would say no.
“I love this game, I feel very privileged to be part of it. I love the job I have every single day and I’d like to carry on as long as possible.
“It’s no secret that I love it in the Premier League, it’s fantastic to be part of that circus – mostly on the pitch, not that much on the media circus but it’s part of it.
“But that’s a long way out in the future. I know I will never just lie back and do nothing because I can’t sit still for that long, だけど、たぶん, maybe not as a head coach or a manager because it’s a tough job when you put everything into it.
“But you never know, maybe I’ll be sitting here in 18 年。」
フランク, who guided the Bees into the top flight at the end of last season, cites Bielsa as a major influence on his career and is also an admirer of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson for both their quality and longevity.
しかしながら, a chat with former England boss Hodgson, then in charge at クリスタルパレス during a reserve team game proved sobering for the younger man.
Frank said: "私は彼を尋ねました, ‘Do you still get irritated or can you keep your head? Are you more relaxed now?’, そして彼は言った, '番号, it’s still the same’, and I was just a little bit, ‘Ahhh. はい, so I need to carry on with this passion and this energy’.
「それが問題です. You don’t lose that passion, you don’t lose that if a player does something stupid or you’re losing a game or… that’s what drives them and I admire that a lot.”