Alfons Groenendijk will not work as an interim coach at PEC Zwolle.

The 56-year-old trainer was emphatically in the picture to finish the season as a successor to John Stegeman, who was fired last weekend, but has announced after a conversation that he is not open to it.

The intention was that Groenendijk would take a step back in the summer to continue as assistant to Art Langeler, who is not immediately available due to his work at the KNVB as director of football development.

"I lacked long-term perspective. Working on the basis of equality is one thing, but I feel too much of a head coach to act as an assistant," Groenendijk told

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It also bothers him that the news about his conversation with the management of PEC Zwolle leaked out on Monday.

"You could read it all over the media and I also got calls and texts about it. As an 'in-between' you don't come in very strongly. Players also know that you will take a step back in a few weeks, that affects your authority. On."

Groenendijk was head coach of ADO Den Haag, Excelsior, Jong Ajax, FC Den Bosch and Willem II in the Netherlands.

He has been without a club since his departure from Al-Wahda in Abu Dhabi last year.

At PEC Zwolle, Stegeman was fired on Saturday after a 3-2 defeat at the bottom of the league FC Emmen.

The current number thirteen of the Eredivisie has not yet reported anything about the possible arrival of Langeler, who was already head coach of Zwolle between 2010 and 2013.

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