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Are we facing an unprecedented training round in Belgium?  Twelve (!) clubs start the season (probably) with a new coach at the helm – Football News

Are we facing an unprecedented training round in Belgium? Twelve (!) clubs start the season (probably) with a new coach at the helm – Football News

The Jupiler Pro League concludes the football season next weekend. Our Belgian rivals threaten to look very different next season. At least twelve of the sixteen top-flight teams appear to be changing coaches.

Twelve out of sixteen is unrealistic. Meanwhile, we already know for sure that six coaches will leave their current club. We are currently certain that the situation will be similar next season for only four positions in the coaching scene.

Confirmed departure: 16/06

The number of departing coaches is already significantly high: while the curtain has not yet fallen on the season, six clubs already know they will start next season with a different coach. It is not the clubs that need to change.



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KRC Genk is looking for a successor – below you can read who it could be – for Wouter Franken (1), while Antwerp must replace Mark van Bommel (2). At KAA Gent, the change of power seems to have already been arranged: Vrancken will sit in the seat of Hein Vanhaezebrouck (3).

KVC Westerlo have confirmed the arrival of Timmy Simons as successor to Rik De Mel (4), while KV Mechelen must continue without Besnik Haase (5). It is FCV Dender who ultimately has to look for a new coach due to the departure of Simons (6).

Coaches required by other clubs: 16/3

After Cercle Brugge’s fantastic season, Miron Muslić (1) is sure to be taking orders. The Bosnian, among others, is on Reims Stadium’s shortlist to succeed Will Still. If he is with him the Union If he reaches Europe, he could choose to take up that challenge, but Cercle doesn’t have much of an argument to keep him.


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Alexander Pilsen (2) – just like Karel Geraerts and Felice Mazo before him – is in the spotlight after an impressive season with Union SG. Although the situation is different here. Due to family circumstances, the coach may choose to return to Germany.

In the end, Thorsten Fink (3) managed to stay in STVV, however Canary It is still far from certain. The German’s work has been widely appreciated and noticed: Genk is lurking, but it seems likely that the coach himself would prefer a foreign adventure.

The situation behind the scenes creates uncertainty: 2/16

This short list contains two names: Ivan Leko (1) and Dirk Kuyt (2). It’s hard to predict what Standard will look like next season. Moreover, Leko does not seem immediately inclined to remain on the banks of the Maas.

The future of the Beerschot VA also raises questions. The owners want to sell and then…they don’t. It makes Kuyt question the club’s work. The Dutchman himself did not want to remain without reinforcements.

Certainty: 16/4

Hurray for four directions: there is still certainty! Sporting Charleroi will continue with Rick De Mel (1), while OL Leuven also has no plans to change. Oscar Garcia (2) remains in his position in Den Drif. KV Kortrijk will play for promotion on Sunday in which case Freyr Alexandersson (3) will also stay.


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Brian Rimmer (4) is also among the confirmed ones. The board of directors in purple and white does not listen to the criticism of the Danish coach. What’s more: the boardroom is very clearly and unanimously on the same page.

Then there’s…Nicky Hine

Finally, what should we say about Nicky Hayne? Interim coach L Club Brugge would almost certainly win the title and Club Brugge ended up just a stone’s throw away from the Conference League final. Can Bart Verhaeghe avoid the coach?

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