Dela was ranked number one on Standard’s list of new US presidents. They took the man who won the MLS Cup last year, the championship in the United States, and was now also the frontrunner in the Eastern Conference.
Dila leaves behind a successful project for a new challenge at a club, which reached its peak last year.
“I am proud and happy to be here,” were the first words of the man who also took titles as coach in Norway (Stromsgodset) and Scotland (Celtic).
“For me it is a dream to work for a big club in Europe and Belgium. For me, Belgium has always been one of the first competitors. There are a lot of good players, coaches and teams here.”
Della may have called the Standard the biggest club in the country. “I’d like to bring the benchmark back where it belongs: fighting for trophies and for Europe.”
The time is also right, as the Norwegian says: “This is my fifth team, I have gained a lot of experience in Norway, Scotland and the USA. My best years as a coach are coming. I am 46, the next 10 years to be a coach. Prosper.”
“I know it’s going to be a tough challenge, but with my experience I’m looking forward to it. That’s why I’m here. It’s a challenge we can achieve. We want to create something big for the club, the fans and everyone who loves Standard carries.”
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When asked what Della knows about Standard Liege, it turns out he’s done his homework. “It’s a club and a city full of passion, with very passionate fans. It has a beautiful past. In 2008, I took the title with Pridehome, the goalkeeper I looked up to as a teenager.”
“Liege is a community of workers and workers. I know this very well from the small town in Norway where I come from. We want to fight for what we want with our feet on the ground.”
“So I think there are a lot of club values in my DNA. And that’s important when you choose a club.”
“I’m grateful to New York City, it’s been great, we won and we’re on top. But like I said, now that my best years as a coach are coming up, I think that’s a step forward.”
“There’s more pressure here, more passion, and you can land here, you can go to Europe. You have a lot to fight for here.”
“I also love projects and building things. Except for Celtic, I’ve been in the clubs where you have to start somewhere and you can build something. With the infrastructure and facilities here, there are no excuses. We want to move to the league (Standard closed last season with 14th in red). ) and to participate in Europe. And the dream is to win another award with the club.”
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