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Dutch legend Van Hanegem sacked by Utrecht

FC Utrecht have sacked coach Willem van Hanegem.

The decision comes just 24 hours after Van Hanegem revealed plans to leave when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

"There is no longer a base for continuing our cooperation," chairman Jan-Willem van Dop told

The 64-year-old Van Hanegem, who took charge of Utrecht in 2007, said yesterday he would step down in June following the recent turmoil at the club which saw four assistant coaches shown the door.

"Since that (the sacking of his assistants) happened, I have had the feeling the club leaders maybe want to get rid of me too," Van Hanegem told AD Sportwereld.

"I will spare the club's owner (Frans van Seumeren) a dilemma and I will go myself. That is my own decision."

Van Seumeren confirmed those comments have now cost the coach his job.

"This is unacceptable," the owner told De Telegraaf. "Van Hanegem treats the fans, the board of supervisory directors and our directors with contempt and this is unacceptable.

"The words Van Hanegem used are inappropriate. When a player says things like that he is punished. That also counts for coaches, in my view."


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