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Feyenoord extends head coach Arne Slot’s contract

Feyenoord has triggered an option in Arne Slot’s contract to extend the head coach’s stay at De Kuip by a further year. The 43-year-old’s contract will now run until 2024. In a mirror move, assistant coach Marino Pusic’s contract has also been extended by 12 months until 2024.
Feyenoord are enjoying a good season under Arne Slot and his technical staff in several respects. Slot has been able to implement the attacking style he is known for, which has paid dividends in terms of results and so the club’s points total. Feyenoord currently occupy third place in the Eredivisie, just one point off second. Several Feyenoord players have also been called up to their national team.

Feyenoord also navigated the group stage of the UEFA Europa Conference League, getting through to the knockout phase In Europe for the first time since 2014. Next month will see the club compete in the round of 16 against Partizan Belgrade. The first leg in Serbia is scheduled for Thursday 10 March, with the return in Rotterdam a week later.

‘We’re obviously pleased with the performance of the first team under Arne and his staff,’ technical director Frank Arnesen explained. ‘But we are at least just as happy about the growth we see in the group, both in the team as a whole and in individual players. It is impossible to view that separately from the playing style Arne has introduced at Feyenoord in a short space of time. More than half of our first team are internationals again, which not only helps the development of players but also creates value. It should be clear that Feyenoord and Arne Slot are a good match. The role of his staff members, including Marino Pusic, is very valuable in that respect. In the years to come we want to build on the foundations that are being laid this season under Arne.’

Arne Slot is also happy with the extension, which clearly shows how much the club values his work. ‘For me this is another sign of appreciation and trust. It’s great that, putting the current results to one side, the club management is highlighting the growth and the process we are going through by triggering this option. That’s something I get a lot of satisfaction from, because we’re trying to lay foundations to build on for years to come. What’s more, I’m delighted that, with the earlier extension of the contract John [de Wolf] and now Marino, the staff I enjoy working with so much will stay together for the next few years.’

Assistant coach John de Wolf’s contract was extended at the end of October 2021 and will now run until 2025.