Rick de Mille has just presided over the club’s press conference. He took over the honors after Club Brugge was sacked.
De Mil has been appointed by the Club Brugge board as interim manager, replacing Scott Parker. After all, an important duel with Standard awaits on Sunday. “Yesterday we had a good group discussion. In order to get up again, to show a reaction as a team,” it sounds like.
De Mille admits he’s set for one game at the moment. “This is Sunday and the game against Standard. We’ll see then if an extension is possible. Sunday’s game doesn’t look like an exam to me. I’ve been here for nine years and that’s why they asked me. I know the group, I know the club.”
The appointment is clear and motivation is high at De Mil. “It is important to get back on track as soon as possible with the club’s story that we have known in recent years. With the club’s DNA in mind. With the supporters behind us in one building.”
The fact that he should take charge was not unexpected for de Mille. “I felt in recent weeks that it might be up to me. The results weren’t as expected and the pressure was mounting. Then you know such decisions can be made, especially in light of such an important game against Benfica. After Parker was sacked, they came to me to set up Standard. Whether I can motivate boys the right way again.”
De Mil is open to a longer stint, but is putting the ball in the Club Board’s court. “If the club wants to see me in this position for a longer period, I would like to take on this challenge. But if a new manager is here next week, I will resume my old role. That is the agreement reached with the board.”
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