Edward Steele’s coaching career did not start from scratch. Former assistant Ivan Lekou had a strong debut season at Charleroi, but his adventures in Eupen and KV Kortrijk were not entirely successful.
“I think it’s a shame for him,” says Peter Vandenemppt in extra time. He added: “After his dismissal from Charleroi, he probably started training too quickly in Eupen and now again in Kortrijk, where there was no team.”
The mission that Edward Steele accepted in West Flanders was not at all simple. Due to the possession soap, Kortrijk started the season with barely 14 players.
Burnley, coach Vincent Kompany’s club, has long expressed interest in Kortrijk, but the deal was not completed. “And Burnley’s influence has been detrimental,” Vandenbempt said.
“Marco Cana did not go to Westerlo at Kompany’s insistence. He promised that Kortrijk would become a subsidiary club of Burnley and that good players would be signed.”
“Not many players came to Kortrijk during the transfer window, because Burnley would supply them. When the deal did not happen, KVK had to step in at the eleventh hour and start with a deficit. Edward Still is the indirect victim of this.”
However, there is a more important reason, according to Vandenemppt. “Malaysian owner Vincent Tan is at the root of the crisis and chaos. He refuses to sell, doesn’t want to invest, and then goes into business with two charlatans.”
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