VERBEEK SACKED

AZ Alkmaar has terminated Gertjan Verbeek from his post of manager. The owners of the club took this decision earlier today.

This is really surprising for everyone who follows Netherlands football quite closely. Verbeek had been doing fine as manager and just a day ago; his team had secured a win over PSV Eindhoven which is currently at the top position in the Eredivisie points table.

A statement released by AZ Alkmaar says, “Gertjan Verbeek is no longer the manager of the club. His chemistry with the players in the squad wasn’t that good and because of that, the board has taken the decision that he doesn’t need to carry on.”

Verbeek had been the manager of Alkmaar since the last 3 years. He had joined the club at the start of the 2010-11 Season after leaving Heracles Almelo.

Verbeek did a decent job during his tenure at Alkmaar. Under him, Alkmaar made it to the Europa League thrice including the last season.

In this season also, Alkmaar had been going well. They had moved up to no. 4 in the points table after their win against the table toppers Eindhoven yesterday.

Verbeek’s contract had been extended at the start of the last season and he was not supposed to leave Alkmaar in the near future. But, nobody knows what happened all of a sudden that the owners had to take this decision of sacking him.

It’s not clear yet who is going to succeed Verbeek. A press conference is scheduled to take place later today. May be, an announcement regarding Verbeek’s successor will be made by the club in that press conference.

Alkmaar’s next game is a Europa League encounter against the Greek club PAOK Salonika. That game will be played on Thursday.

VERBEEK DISAPPOINTED

AZ Alkmaar head coach Gertjan Verbeek has said that he is extremely disappointed with the way his team crumbled in the match against FC Twente recently. Despite being in the frame for winning the title only a few weeks ago, AZ Alkmaar have slipped in the league due to their poor form. It continued once again in the match against FC Twente. AZ Alkmaar only managed a 2-2 draw against the former Champions. As a result, Gertjan Verbeek is hoping that his team put in a good performance against PSV during the weekend. It is the only way to keep the pressure on the leaders Ajax according to the manager.

Gertjan Verbeek’s AZ Alkmaar managed to stay in touch with Ajax at the top of the table, but the draw with FC Twente has taken its toll. They have now slipped in the league, which has handed Ajax a three-point advantage at the top of the table. Even though they are currently in the second position, there is a good chance that they might slip into the position within the end of the month. This is due to the number of important fixtures that AZ Alkmaar will have over the next few weeks.

“It was a must win game against Twente. But we failed to maintain pressure on the leaders, Ajax. Now, we will give our best to win against PSV despite playing away from home. We will continue to look at the top four, not only the title. It is really amazing to see such a tough competition at the top. Phillip has surprised with his moves, such as instating Georginio Wijnaldum on the right wing. However, their game play under him has not been different than Fred,” Verbeek said after the 2-2 draw with FC Twente.