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Stegeman leave Go Ahead and make sensitive switch to rival PEC

John Stegeman departs at Go Ahead Eagles and is next season, coach of rival PEC Zwolle. The Overijsselaar follows the Feyenoord left Jaap Stam on the ‘Blauwvingers’.

The 42-year-old Stegeman draw at PEC a contract for two years with the option on another season. The coach stood still until mid-2020, under contract with Go Ahead Eagles, a contractual lump sum to receive.

“As a club we are surprised and we lament the departure of John”, says technical manager Paul Bosvelt Go Ahead Wednesday on the site of the club. “He played a major role in the resurrection of Go Ahead. It is now up to us to find a suitable successor.”

Stegeman ran Tuesday night with the Go Ahead on the strange manner of promotion to the Premier league wrong. The team from Deventer led in the absolute final with 4-3 against RKC Waalwijk, but went through two hits deep into injury time, still with 4-5 under, for their own audience.

“After a good last season at Go Ahead Eagles is coming for me personally now is a good opportunity to be with a stable Premiership club to get started,” says Stegeman are sensitive move on the site of PEC. “I want to do everything to the club in the coming years to continue to grow.”

The players Go Ahead mourn after missing out on promotion. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Third club from Overijssel for Stegeman

For Stegeman is PEC, the third club of his career and his third in the province of Overijssel. He started in 2008 at Heracles Almelo, where he as an assistant working under Peter Bosz, Jan de Jonge, Gertjan Verbeek and Gert Heerkes.

In september 2014, it was Stegeman interim coach at Heracles after the dismissal of The Young. He was allowed to finish the season and was then a multi-year contract with the Almeloërs, which he in the season 2015/2016 via the play-offs for a ticket to the qualifying round of the Europa League conquered.

Stegeman ended last season with Heracles on the tenth place and went then to eerstedivisionist Go Ahead Eagles. ‘Kowet, it finished the regular season in the Kitchen Champion Division at the fifth place and ran into the play-offs so narrowly missed promotion.

Stegeman worked in his career for many years at Heracles. (Photo: Pro Shots)

‘John has a big impression on us’

PEC Zwolle ended the Eredivisie season at the disappointing thirteenth place, just six points above the degradatiestreep. The club started the season with John van ‘t schip, but he was at the end of december dismissed, and was succeeded by Tribe. The ex-defender is the next season coach of Feyenoord.

Technical director Gerard Nijkamp of PEC is happy with the arrival of Stegeman. “John has over the years earned his spurs in the football,” said Nijkamp. “By his inspiring leadership, in combination with an attacking yet realistic playing style, he has a lot of impression on us.”

“His appointment is also with the philosophy of this club. John is a head coach that fits in with the row of Art Langeler, Ron Jans, John van ‘t schip and Jaap Stam.”

Stegeman is about two weeks for the first time for the group of PEC. The fc starts the preparation for the new season on Saturday 15 June.

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