On Friday Alfons Groenendijk spoke critically about the Chinese major shareholder Hui Wang at ADO The Hague. The 55-year-old trainer stepped up at the residence club in early December because he wanted to sacrifice himself to get money for the necessary winter reinforcements.
"Jef (the resignation director Jeffrey van As, ed.) And I had never received that money again, because a lot has happened. I have had little contact with China in those four years at ADO, and there are indeed also been a few incidents ", says Groenendijk at Omroep West , where he first elaborates on his departure.
At the beginning of December, after more than two years, Groenendijk handed in his contract to ADO Den Haag, which, under his leadership, had fallen to the second-last place in the Eredivisie. His successor, Alan Pardew, was promised by club owner Wang that the club would invest money in new players after Van As was fired in mid-December. ADO already welcomed six new players in January.
"Yes, of course I am surprised that there is money now, I never received those signals," said Groenendijk. "I often asked for it, already in the summer, because the group we had really had to be renovated."
"We had really squeezed the selection in recent seasons and important players had left. But instead of being able to invest in the selection, I was told that there was no budget and that even six tons went down."
Hui Wang has been a major shareholder at ADO The Hague since 2014. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"I received an angry mail from Wang"
According to Groenendijk, the relationship with Wang was further clouded when he also publicly criticized the arrival of general Mohammed Hamdi, an appointment in which he said he was not involved.
"I received an angry mail from Wang, who had seen the whole interview with me. The new director (Mohammed Hamdi, ed.) Advised me not to answer that angry mail from Wang. But everyone who knows me a little bit, know that I did, of course. I also placed all the people in the cc that Wang had put in the cc, so that also ran high. "
"Very honestly, I had hoped that ADO would one day be released from China. It's just a different culture, you have to believe in it or not."
Groenendijk - who used to be a trainer at Excelsior, Young Ajax, FC Den Bosch and Willem II - is currently waiting for a new trainer job to be taken on. "There is already interest from clubs, but when I thought about it, I noticed that I need more time."
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