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

Martin van Geel acknowledge Wednesday that his announced retirement as technical director of Feyenoord, especially because he’s sure this season is very critical approached by fans and media.

“The fate of a technical director is that the successes of the past and where you as a club comes from a part of the outside world is quickly forgotten if the a period is less about,” says Van Geel on the site of Feyenoord.

“That is unfortunate, but that’s how it works. The negativity towards my person was too great to continue. I can with press handle, but this had negative repercussions on everything at the club. I feel responsible for.”

The Rotterdammers made Wednesday announced that Of Yellow by July 1, departs from The Cockpit. The 58-year-old Dutchman has been since the 2011/2012 season in the service of Feyenoord and helped the club in 2017 to the first national championship since 1999.

Feyenoord has since been less successful. The vijftienvoudig champion ended last season in fourth place in the Eredivisie and is currently third on aiming behind leader PSV and number two Ajax.

Trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst (left) leaves as Martin van Geel after this season at Feyenoord. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Rage fans are focuses on Of Yellow

Certainly since the winter break, focus the anger of a group of Feyenoord fans mainly Of Yellow. Supporters shout during matches to the departure of the director and at the beginning of this month were in The Cockpit boxes put down and was a banner hung out Of Yellow in the direction of the output is conducting.

“These are not nice things and that also does something with you, but I am a professional athlete and the towel is never in the ring throw,” said Van Geel a week and a half ago at the program The Table of Kees on FOX Sports.

The technical director Wednesday that he was still “combative”. “This decision makes me emotional, because this is not my work, it is my life. But the realization is still more that it is better to by July 1 to stop, in particular for Feyenoord.”

“Despite the fact that I still great to my sense have in this fantastic club, it is better to go. So there is a new elan, a new freshness can arise at Feyenoord. I think that the last weeks more and more under pressure. There was the question of how it is with me. Very well designed, but that leads off. The energy needs to go to the club.”

“Imagine that the next season is not going as everyone hopes, then that would immediately affect the club. I don’t want that.”

Martin van Geel with general director Jan de Jong (right). Photo: Pro Shots)

“The well-being of individuals take into consideration’

General director Jan de Jong stressed that the Team, under the leadership of Yellow five prizes (one time the national championship, two times the TOTO the KNVB Cup and two times the Johan Cruijff Scale).

“However, at a given moment you have the well-being of the individual in mind, dare to take, and you will also need with each other to take responsibility. Ultimately, that is the most important thing,” says De Jong.

“Time will tell, but 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, a great performance.”

Yellow responds gratefully to the words of his colleague. “Such a statement reminds me of something. It means that the internal valuation at Feyenoord was very high. And I’ve always felt.”

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