Dick Advocaat was appointed by Feyenoord on Wednesday to succeed Jaap Stam and has to return Feyenoord to the top of the Eredivisie in the remainder of this season. Former player Regi Blinker and former player and trainer Rinus Israël from the club about the current situation of the team from Rotterdam. "He gets in at a good time."
Lawyer seemed to become Feyenoord's trainer last summer. He had positive conversations with club management early this year after it was announced that Giovanni van Bronckhorst would not be renewing his expiring contract, but he eventually dropped out because of the "negative atmosphere among the fans surrounding his appointment".
Now everything is different. After Sunday's painful 4-0 defeat, Feyenoord is only 12th in the Eredivisie with already 15 points behind the archrival from Amsterdam and Advocaat is seen as the man who can turn the tide.
"That's the way it is in football," Blinker says soberly. "A lot of things have happened in the meantime. I also think Lawyer is the best option, considering the phase that Feyenoord is currently in. He has proven in the past that he can change quickly. He has a lot of experience with situations like this. "
"I also think Lawyer is the ideal man for Feyenoord to finish the season," says Israel. "If you had given someone a contract for a few years and the results would then remain the same, then that person would also have burned down in no time. So it is wise for Feyenoord to first look at the short term."
Jaap Stam dives into the catacombs of De Kuip. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Stam was wrongly the head of jut"
The arrival of Advocaat also ensures that the technical staff of Feyenoord changes completely. He takes Cor Pot - with whom he has already worked with at his previous clubs - and John de Wolf with him as his assistants. Jean-Paul van Gastel, Denny Landzaat and Roy Makaay must therefore make way.
The departure of Van Gastel in particular is striking. The former player of Feyenoord was the right hand of the trainers in De Kuip since 2011 (Ronald Koeman, Fred Rutten, Van Bronckhorst and Stam), but Lawyer does not appeal to him.
"As a result, I have the feeling that something drastic is finally going to change within the club," said Blinker. "Things have remained the same for several years in different sections - administrative, technical and scouting - where renewal was needed. As long as nothing changed, I didn't feel it would be better with the club."
"Tribe was wrongly the head of jut," says Israel. "He did not get the chance to prepare with a fit team. Then at the last minute a player from England came in, then another invalid came out, I know a lot. Someone else had not made more out of this selection "
The Feyenoord players are disappointed after the defeat against Ajax. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"European football least what you can expect"
Feyenoord was sentenced to a catch-up race in the coming months. The national champion of 2017 also has the places two (AZ), three (PSV) and four (Vitesse) not in sight for a long time and must prevent it from taking European football for the first time since the 2015/2016 season.
"Achieving European football is the least you can expect from Feyenoord," says Blinker. "It is up to Lawyer and his staff to ensure that a different spirit comes into the group, because that is not optimal now. I never see the players coaching each other critically or scolding each other for the better of the game."
Israel: "AZ and PSV are too good for this Feyenoord, so they have to focus on Vitesse and FC Utrecht. If Lawyer comes in fourth and drags European football out, he has just done well. An advantage: he can do it in terms of results not worse, so in that regard he gets in at a good time. "
Lawyer is already sitting on the bench on Sunday as Feyenoord continues the Eredivisie with a away match against VVV-Venlo, which is also struggling after five defeats in a row dropped to seventeenth place. An important home game will follow on Thursday with BSC Young Boys in the Europa League group stage.
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