Technical director Gerard Nijkamp departs after seven years at PEC Zwolle. He makes the move to the American MLS, where he is sports director of FC Cincinnati.
Under the reign of the 49-year-old Nijkamp developed PEC over the past years to become a stable force in the Premier league. Highlight was the profit of the KNVB cup in 2014. Later that year also became the Johan Cruijff Scale won.
Nijkamp proposed Wednesday with John Stegeman, a new trainer for PEC Zwolle. Stegeman is the successor of Jaap Stam, who moved to Feyenoord.
FC Cincinnati find Nijkamp a newcomer in the MLS. After fourteen duels, the formation of the state of Ohio, last in the Eastern Conference. Most famous player of the club, the Pole Przemyslaw Tyton, ex-player of Roda JC and PSV.
Mike Willems is in Zwolle, the successor of Nijkamp. The 48-year-old former pro is in the team technical manager. He was a scout involved in the club.
‘His work is now rewarded’
Nijkamp, previously assistant and ad-interimtrainer at PEC, was the clubleiding grateful to him the opportunity is awarded in the United States to get started.
“I’m with PEC Zwolle is a path that, with ups and downs, the club again in the future highlights must deliver. Although I also regret that I now have a exit to take, I am convinced that the club, the way up will continue.”
President Adriaan Visser, says Nijkamp, the transition of heart to give. “He has ensured that our club the past few years, a beautiful growth with corresponding prices. His work is now rewarded with a move to a great league in the United States.”