NEW YEAR’S REPORT THIS YEAR FROM ROB BAAN

Rob Baan expressed the traditional New Year’s wish at a busy Feyenoord New Year’s reception Thursday, as the Technical Director stood in for absent Chairman Jorien van den Herik, on holiday in South Africa. Baan reported that negotiations were still ongoing with Jon Dahl Tomasson, although Thomas Buffel was more than ready to fill the Dane’s boots if need be.

‘Jon Dahl Tomasson knows how much we appreciate his attitude on the field’, said Baan, ‘but he also knows how far we can go in terms of our budget’. Rob Baan reiterated his confidence in Toine van de Goolberg, the trainer responsible for helping players recover from injury, despite the number of injuries, pointing the finger at the boots the players wear nowadays. ‘If you see how Leonardo is constantly loosing his feet, that seems to confirm it. It’s the boot makers and the players themselves who are to blame. They seem to have more time for appearance than for function’. There were compliments for the Feyenoord supporters. ‘If we rid ourselves of hateful chants and an aggressive attitude towards referees we will have the best fans in Europe.’ He also touched upon the team’s current formation. ‘Pierre Van Hooijdonk’s arrival has changed our style of play and it has been adapted to suit him to a large extent. Too much sometimes, although Pierre wouldn’t agree. The intention remains the same. Winning the championship’. After taking a swipe at agents, driven by commission, Baan praised Jean Paul van Gastel, who has been offered a free transfer, and expressed sadness at Van Gobbel’s troubles, which might end his career.
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