With the elimination in the play-offs was there on Tuesday an end to the long employment of Hans Nijland from FC Groningen. The general manager let his tears flow freely after the 3-1 defeat against Vitesse.
“It is ready, as simple as that”, said the emotional Nijland against RTV Noord. The director announced in november after 23 years, to departures at FC Groningen.
Last weekend won Groningen at home with 2-1 in the semi-finals of the play-offs for European football. By the 3-1 defeat Tuesday night in the GelreDome is the season for Groningen over.
“I now have a empty feeling that the end is,” said the 59-year-old Nijland. “You knew that 2-1 is a dangerous result. But still, that one shot at glory by Paul Gladon in injury time…”
With Wouter Gudde of Excelsior found Groningen a successor for Nijland. “Vitesse was a bit too big for us, so honestly you should be. Don’t worry, tomorrow we tackle the just. Until the end of the month, then it’s really on for me.”
Players of FC Groningen are reports on the turf in the GelreDome. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Buijs: “Saturday a 8, now a 3′
FC Groningen-trainer Danny Buijs was fed up of the difference in level between the game and the uitduel of his team. “Saturday, I found the a 8, Tuesday a 3. That difference is too large for a club from the end really hard.”
Especially in possession of the ball, his team lack, found Buijs. “At this level you have to not only defend, but also to the ball a lot more. We have a lot of good young boys in the selection, then you know that it with peaks and valleys.”
At the end of the first half of the season wrong in Groningen still in degradatiegevaar. After the winter break, took only Ajax, PSV and AZ more points than the team of Buijs.
“We have our objective achieved, a place in the top eight after the regular season. That is clever when you see where we came from”, said the trainer. “Now we need to build on the foundation that we are in the second half of the season have been laid.”
Groningen is a busy summer ahead of it. Midfielder Mimoun Mahi is leaving for FC Zurich midfielder Ludovit Trip is flying Wednesday to Barcelona for his transfer to the Spanish club to finish. Mercenaries Thomas Bruns (Vitesse), Tim Handwerker (1. FC Köln) and Iliass Bel Hassani (AZ) return to their club.
Match schedule play-offs for European football and promotion/relegation