Feyenoord confirmed the arrival of Frank Arnesen as technical director on Wednesday. In addition, Pieter Smorenburg has been appointed as financial director at De Kuip.
The 63-year-old Arnesen had already confirmed himself earlier this month that he was going to work in Rotterdam. Nothing is known about the contract duration of the former player of Ajax and PSV.
"One glance at Frank's CV says enough. He is someone with many years of experience at major clubs in Europe and at various positions within the football company," said Supervisory Board member Toon van Bodegom on the Feyenoord site.
"He has attention and an eye for the youth and brings an enormous network with him. Frank Arnesen has all the knowledge and skills to continue building a future-proof technical policy at Feyenoord."
In De Kuip, Arnesen is the successor of member of the supervisory board Sjaak Troost, who took on the job on an interim basis after Martin van Geel left Feyenoord last summer.
De Kuip, the new working environment of Frank Arnesen and Pieter Smorenburg. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Arnesen is looking forward to time at Feyenoord
Arnesen has a lot of experience as a football driver. He was previously responsible for technical policy at PSV, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Hamburger SV, Metalist Kharkov, PAOK and Anderlecht. At Anderlecht, he was fired early October.
"The basis and a good number of preconditions for doing top sport have been put in order at Feyenoord in recent years. For example, consider the new accommodations for the first team and for the youth training that have been realized," says Arnesen.
"What's more, you can see that everyone you talk to is that people are change-minded, in the sense that they are open to new ideas and impulses. That is an environment in which I like to work and think I can be successful."
Feyenoord hopes to find his way up this season under trainer Dick Advocaat. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Feyenoord is still looking for general director
The 54-year-old Smorenburg was until recently the financial director of K3Delta, a company in sand, gravel and clay. "With the determination of strategy, with exploring all options and the elaboration thereof, great expertise in the financial field is necessary. With Pieter Smorenburg we now have it in-house", says Van Bodegom.
The appointment of Arnesen and Smorenburg means that the Feyenoord board is increasingly taking shape. The club is still looking for a general director. That position is temporarily held by Mark Koevermans.
Feyenoord has a turbulent first half of the season, in which performance was poor and trainer Jaap Stam left. Under the successor Dick Advocaat, the fifteen-time national champion is tenth in the Premier League.
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