Sieb Dijkstra is no longer a goalkeeper coach at Fortuna Sittard's first team.

After a long quarrel with head coach Sjors Ultee, he was relegated to the youth academy.

Fortuna recently attracted a new goalkeeper with Piet Velthuizen (34), while Dijkstra had nominated the Austrian Tobias Knoflach.

Dijkstra saw during training that Vetlhuizen was not fit after three years without a match, but Ultee still set him up against FC Groningen (1-0 defeat).

Velthuizen already injured his hamstring during the warm-up and had to be replaced halfway through the first half.

"On Monday I sent an app to club owner Isitan Gün with the announcement that I wanted to talk to him", Dijkstra (54) told

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"I told him that I had brought in a fit goalkeeper, but was sidelined. And that the situation on Sunday could have been prevented. Isitan returned that he would rather not be involved in such technical matters."

Piet Velthuizen had to leave the field early on his debut for Fortuna Sittard.

Piet Velthuizen had to leave the field early on his debut for Fortuna Sittard.

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'It was terrible and I was not allowed to say anything'

That app felt like a knife in the back for Ultee, the trainer told Dijkstra a day later during a meeting where the entire technical staff was present.

There it escalated.

"The dogs didn't eat bread from that", describes the goalkeeper trainer, who has been working at Fortuna since 2016.

"Sjors first said that there had been only three options: Joris Delle, Michel Vorm and Velthuizen." That's not right, "I said. Sjors was immediately angry:" You keep your mouth shut. You just listen! ", Says Dijkstra. .

"Apparently he was full of emotions. From that moment on he kept humiliating me, in front of everyone. He burned me completely. It was terrible, and I was not allowed to say anything. While: I am a goalkeeper coach, I have more than 250 matches. in professional football, I'm not Jan Doedel, am I? He should take my advice seriously. "

Ultee would have said that Dijkstra was fired immediately.

The goalkeeper coach went home, where he received a call from general manager Ivo Pfennings.

who offered him to work at the youth academy for the last months of his contract.

Patrick Creemers, youth goalkeeper coach, takes his place in the first team.

On Sunday Fortuna will play a home game against PSV (kick-off 2.30 p.m.).

Fortuna trainer Sjors Ultee.

Fortuna trainer Sjors Ultee.

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