In a crucial period, Pascal Jansen is suddenly the head coach of AZ.

The 47-year-old Flevolander will in any case follow Arne Slot, who was fired on Saturday, for the rest of this season.

Who exactly is Jansen?

"I am a good trainer, I have proven that in the past. I assume that with my personality, knowledge and skills I will strengthen the team and ensure that we will hopefully play even better than last season. hopefully some nice prizes. I think I fit well with the club in terms of way of thinking about football. "

Jansen introduces himself in front of the camera of

AZ TV

in June 2018

full of bravado as

AZ

's new assistant trainer.

Together with head coach John van den Brom and his assistant Arne Slot, he wants to attack the traditional top three (Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV) in the Netherlands.

AZ shows very attractive football in the following two seasons.

In the past year, the Alkmaarders have been led by Slot, the successor of Van den Brom, even close to the national title, were it not that the season was ended in March due to the corona crisis and the Alkmaarders finished second behind on the basis of the goal difference. Ajax.

Pascal Jansen (second from the left) consults with Arne Slot on the AZ bench.

(Photo: ANP)

Jansen soon had to stop playing football

Jansen had to work himself up in the training profession.

He has not had a professional career as a player, because he was forced to stop at a young age due to a serious injury.

After brief adventures in the youth academy of Ajax, AZ, HFC Haarlem and Telstar, it was already over at the age of twenty.

Jansen then immediately focused on a trainer career.

He started in 1993 as a youth coach of HFC Haarlem.

Five years later, he left for the United Arab Emirates to become an assistant to Rinus Israël at successively Al-Jazira Club and Al-Wahda FC.

With the latter club he took the national cup.

Jansen returned to the Netherlands in 2000.

In the following years he held various positions at Vitesse and Sparta Rotterdam (head of youth training courses, youth trainer and assistant trainer), after which he joined PSV for the first time at a top club in 2013.

In Eindhoven, Jansen was first trainer of the A1 and in 2015 he was promoted to Young PSV.

He led the U21s to fourteenth and eleventh place in the Eerste Divisie.

In 2017, he chose the lee as head of the youth academy, but he soon missed the grass and made the switch to AZ a year later.

Now Jansen will really feel the pressure to perform for the first time.

After the congé van Slot, who has been dismissed by the management because he allegedly spoke secretly with Feyenoord, a tough baptism of fire awaits him.

On Thursday, wintering in the Europa League must be achieved and no more points loss may be suffered in the Eredivisie.

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