After the official ceremony the head coach said that winning the Rinus Michels Award was a huge honour. Slot, who led Feyenoord to its first European final in 20 years in his debut season at the club was chosen ahead of the other nominees Erik ten Hag (Ajax), Ron Jans (FC Twente), Joseph Oosting (RKC Waalwijk) and Kees van Wonderen (Go Ahead Eagles).
‘It’s amazing to be given this award as coach of Feyenoord,’ said Slot. ‘To be successful, first and foremost you need good talented players who are willing to work incredibly hard day in, day out. I complimented the boys on that more than once last season.
‘I am also privileged to have a high-quality staff around me who are hugely pleasurable to work with. This appreciation is just as much for them,’ said Slot, who starts preseason with Feyenoord tomorrow (Monday) ahead of the 2022-2023 season.
‘This honour feels even more special when I look at the list of nominees and the coaches who have won this award before me. Not least the name of a great former coach like Rinus Michels, for whom it is named.’