NAC Breda trainer Peter Hyballa took a hard hit in an interview on Saturday against Tom van den Abbeele, the technical manager of his club. According to the German coach, he does not have the right players to promote to the Eredivisie.
"The technical manager comes with young players of eighteen, nineteen years from Africa, Eastern Europe, France and Belgium who have never heard of internally," said 44-year-old Hyballa in the interview with BN / De Stem .
"They generally feel homesick, the first time without their mother, only in an unknown country, a different language and called a full stadium scold. That doesn't improve the players and NAC."
Hyballa was appointed as NAC trainer in February, succeeding the fired Ruud Brood. He coached the Brabant squad only seven games before the season ended due to the corona crisis.
'NAC is not a shelter, we have to perform'
The coach would rather work with experienced Dutch players than the many young foreign talents that Van den Abbeele brings to the club. "NAC is not a society or shelter. NAC has to perform."
Hyballa is also not satisfied with his club's partnership with Manchester City. "I miss humility with those players. At City they have only heard how good they are. And you should know that Breda is in the Netherlands and NAC is in the first division."
Experienced players such as Jordy Bruijn (from Heerenveen to NEC, ed.), Elmo Lieftink (from Go Ahead Eagles to De Graafschap, ed.) And Jesper Drost (Heracles Almelo) who brought in Hyballa did not come to NAC. "The technical manager unfortunately did not keep going, because it has not been financially compromised," says Hyballa.
Technical manager Tom van den Abbeele of NAC Breda. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van den Abbeele: 'Of course we sometimes disagree'
Van den Abbeele responds to the criticism of his trainer by saying that "of course there are sometimes differences of opinion when it comes to positions and players."
"We are both professionals and talk every day about the best selection for NAC to get a PhD. Of course we sometimes have substantive discussions."