Ronald Koeman says farewells at Feyenoord

Ronald Koeman spent his last day at De Kuip as head coach of Feyenoord on Thursday. He took the penultimate training session of the season in the morning, before attending a farewell gathering with the Feyenoord Business Club in the late afternoon. Koeman will not be at the training ground on Friday when the squad complete the final training session before the summer break as he will be in Zwolle for the Rinus Michels Awards, in which he is nominated for coach of the season.

Koeman said his farewells to the players and technical staff on Thursday afternoon. ‘I’ll miss the people at this club,’ said the departing coach later. ‘First and foremost, of course, the technical staff I’ve worked with intensively, but also the people who work very hard for the club every day behind the scenes. It’s clear from our farewells that we have a great deal of respect for each other, so that was a very nice moment.’

The coach said that he looks back at his time at De Kuip with great satisfaction. ‘I’ve never worked with such a good group as here at Feyenoord, in terms of how they behave and how the players are open to their own development. I think that’s something the whole staff can take a lot of credit for. If we have been able to give the players anything, then it’s everything they need to succeed as a professional footballer, while we have always drummed into them that they need to behave like normal people.’

At the Business Club gathering technical director Martin van Geel spoke a few words directly to Koeman, with whom he says he has had a great working relationship. ‘We have disappointed each other a single time over the past three years. I cherish our working relationship hugely.‘

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