Feyenoord and Ruud Gullit have decided to part. That decision was taken Monday afternoon in consultation with both parties. Assistant coach Zeljko Petrovic will also leave the club. The duo was contracted to the club until the summer of 2006. Feyenoord, Ruud Gullit and Zeljko Petrovic took the decision after disappointing results during the season just ended. The meeting with the coaches was chaired by Chairman of the Board Jorien van den Herik and Technical Director Mark Wotte.
‘It is obviously always sad when a coach leaves,’ says Jorien van den Herik. ‘But things haven’t gone as we had hoped. There is too little confidence in a successful partnership for next season. We have lived with that knowledge for months and so it is only rational that we draw up the balance at the end of the season and take decisions, with the interests of Feyenoord prevailing.’
The Feyenoord management team and the board prefer to make no further comment, although Jorien van den Herik, Mark Wotte, Sjaak Troost and Jan Willem van Dop will attend a meeting with supporters representatives this evening as planned several weeks ago.