Giovanni van Bronckhorst announces departure

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will leave his position as head coach of Feyenoord at the end of the season.

Van Bronckhorst has informed the management that he will be ready for a new challenge away from Feyenoord at the end of this season, his fourth at the club. Under his leadership Feyenoord have won five trophies, including the first Eredivisie title in 18 years in the 2016-2017 season. Yesterday’s quarterfinal win against Fortuna Sittard means his side are still in the hunt for a third KNVB Cup in four years, after victories in 2015-2016 and 2017-2018. Feyenoord have also won the Johan Cruijff Shield in each of the past two seasons, beating PSV on both occasions.

The head coach is not yet ready to look back on his achievements at the club. ‘There is still a lot to fight for this season. We have to safeguard European football, through the league or through the cup tournament. I am really up for that and looking forward to it. At the same time I have thought a lot about whether I wanted to remain head coach of Feyenoord for one or more years after this season. It was a very hard decision, because Feyenoord is a love of mine. However, in my career I have always followed my heart and my heart says I should not do that. It’s good as it is.’

Technical director Martin van Geel has understanding for his heads coach’s decision. ‘Gio has done more than fantastic here and he continues to do well. So we would have liked to sit down with him next month, as planned, to start talking about any contract extension.’

‘Gio is really someone who follows his heart,’ said Van Geel. ‘And if he feels he wants to do something else after this season, we can only respect that. We are incredibly grateful to him, already, for the great contribution he has made to the club’s recent unprecedented successful period. Together, we are going to do our utmost to bring our working relationship to a fitting and so good end over the coming months, in the league and/or the cup.’

‘Whatever Giovanni does after this season, his ties with us and with the club will remain unbreakable for ever,’ continued Van Geel. The technical director also said that the club appreciates Van Bronckhorst’s early announcement. ‘This gives us the time to find a suitable successor. From tomorrow we will no doubt be bombarded with the names of supposed candidates, but we are not at that stage yet. We will really take the time to consider what would be best for Feyenoord.

The head coach and technical director Martin van Geel will go further into the departure of Giovanni van Bronckhorst later today.

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