Koeman's job in doubt despite PSV's league win
AMSTERDAM, April 30 (Reuters) - Despite winning the Dutch title in the most dramatic of circumstances on Sunday, PSV Eindhoven coach Ronald Koeman is not sure he will keep his job.
PSV clinched the title by the difference of a solitary goal after they finished level on points with Ajax Amsterdam while AZ Alkmaar, the championship leaders going into the final day, lost and crashed to third.
PSV's 5-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem left them top with 75 points and a goal difference of plus 50 while Ajax, who beat Willem II Tilburg 2-0, also finished on 75 points but lost out on the title with a goal difference of plus 49.
Alkmaar, favourites after moving top last week and enjoying a seven-goal advantage over the other two, were stunned 3-2 by Excelsior Rotterdam and plunged down to third, missing out on their first title since 1981.
Koeman, however, publicly clashed with PSV chairman Frits Schuitema last week after PSV seemed to have squandered their title chance after drawing at Utrecht.
Koeman blamed Schuitema for the lack of support from the board and rejected any assertion that there was a lack of chemistry in the technical staff and between the coach and the squad.
'If there was something wrong with the chemistry then my team would not have played like they did today,' Koeman told reporters after PSV's dramatic victorious finale.
'Directly after the final whistle (player) Philip Cocu came to me and told me that they also did it for me,' he added.
Despite the unexpected celebrations, chairman Schuitema, who was a director for the Phillips electrical company in the past, left the future prospects for Koeman hanging in the air.
'During my career at Phillips I had to take tougher decisions than this,' Schuitema was quoted as saying in several newspapers on Monday.
Eindhoven fans staged a long party which was also inspired by the failures of Alkmaar and Amsterdam.
'This could not be better, Van Gaal is crying and Ajax whines, what more do you want?' a PSV fan was quoted as saying on the front page of the Algemeen Dagblad.
Alkmaar coach Louis van Gaal said they had no one to blame but themselves for not finishing the job and said he felt sorry for club owner Dirk Scheringa and his young squad.
'I've won a number of trophies but for most of my players and Scheringa it would have been their first one and for them this is terrible,' he said.
In Tilburg Ajax coach Henk ten Cate, who won the Spanish title and Champions League last season as Frank Rijkaard's assistant, was furious after missing the club's 30th title by a whisker.
'We are a bunch of idiots to give it away like this,' he said of the day that will go into history as one of the most dramatic the Dutch League has produced.