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Sjaak Troost has been appointed Feyenoord’s interim technical director as of 1 June. As titular board member, the former player will be responsible for scouting, buying and selling policy, and long-term transfer policy through to 31 January 2020.
Troost, who is currently a member of the supervisory board, has a very long history at Feyenoord. A product of the Varkenoord youth academy, Troost made 397 appearances for the club between 1978 and 1992 as a defender, earning four Dutch caps and winning an Eredivisie title and four KNVB Cups.
After hanging up his playing boots, Troost served as the club’s commercial director for 14 years. He was also a member of the supervisory board between September 2006 and February 2007. He rejoined this advisory body in November 2018, but will stand down as long as he holds the position of interim technical director.
General director Jan de Jong, who Troost will report to, is happy with the arrival of the deep-dyed Feyenoorder, after the search for a new permanent technical director came up short. ‘To be honest, we made a good appraisal of the market, but the ideal TD is not available at the moment. With important months coming up, we are happy to be able to call on a dyed-in-the-wool Feyenoorder, who is willing and able to fulfil this role. And one who, as befits a Feyenoorder, stands up when the club needs him.’
Troost is confident looking forward to his term as interim director. ‘I know the club well, of course. And so I know there are plenty of people in house – for instance my fellow directors and people like Stanley Brard, Dirk Kuyt, the new coach Jaap Stam and so many others – with the specific knowhow and skills to get good results together for Feyenoord.’