Technical director Van Geel departs after eight years at Feyenoord

Technical director Martin of Yellow leaves at the end of the season at Feyenoord, the Rotterdam club Wednesday announced.

The 58-year-old Of Yellow stood for some time under pressure because of the disappointing season that Feyenoord are going through. After consultation between him and the other members of the management, it is concluded that it is “better for himself and for Feyenoord is that the roads after this season to separate”.

Of Yellow since the summer of 2011 working as a technical director at Feyenoord, a position he previously held at Willem II, AZ, Ajax and Roda JC. The Dutchman helped the club through a financially tough time and experienced in the season 2016/2017 its peak at Feyenoord, that he for the first time since the 1999 national championship conquered.

This season, there is especially a lot of criticism Of Yellow because of the a disappointing performance. Feyenoord moved up last summer, not for the group stage of the Europa League and has been for a while not anymore in the title in the Eredivisie.

The team of trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst ran aground at the end of February, moreover, in the semi-finals of the TOTO KNVB Cup after a 0-3 defeat against Ajax.

Martin van Geel (right) and Jan de Jong (left). ()

“This is the fate of a technical director’

Especially after the winter break is Of Yellow – the longest-technical director ever of the Team – have become the target of a group of Feyenoord fans. A few weeks ago were in The Cockpit boxes put down and was a banner hung to the former professional footballer in the direction of the output is conducting.

“A lot of negative attention for me is not good for the Team,” says Van Geel about his departure. “The fate of a technical director is that the successes of the past by a part of the outside world is quickly forgotten as the a period of time less running. That is unfortunate, but that’s how it works.”

General director Jan de Jong, From Yellow in the past months, despite the many criticisms continued support, the departure of his colleagues is regrettable. “It would be very nice if the current critics of Martin over a number of years to come back to dare to look and still find that he is under often very difficult circumstances is a great achievement.”

Career Martin van Geel as TD

  • 1995-2002 – Willem II
  • 2002-2005 – AZ
  • 2005-2008 – Ajax
  • 2008-2011 – Roda JC
  • 2011-2019 – Feyenoord

See also:
Van Geel: ‘Negativity was too great to continue at Feyenoord’

Also Van Bronckhorst after this season away

Earlier this year it was announced that Van Bronckhorst is doing his final year as coach of Feyenoord. The 106-fold international of Orange, who is on an expiring contract had, was after four seasons to a new challenge and is succeeded by Jaap Stam.

It is not yet known who From Yellow after this season is going to be replaced. “We are pleased that Martin is still a few months in his post,” says De Jong. “We take the time to make for the future make the right decisions and do now so do not fear that meanwhile all sorts of things in the technical field continue to lie.”

Under the leadership of Yellow suggested Feyenoord five prices safe. In addition to the historic championship title in 2017 won the Rotterdam between 2011 and 2019, twice the KNVB-cup (2016 and 2018) and two times the Johan Cruijff Scale (2017 and 2018).

In the last months of Van Geel and Van Bronckhorst is the Club involved in the fight for the third spot in the Premier league. The Locals have just as number four AZ 47 points, but have a slightly better goal difference. The club continues the league Sunday with an away game against FC Utrecht.

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