Feyenoord sack coach Verbeek after six months
Feyenoord sacked coach Gertjan Verbeek on Wednesday after just six months in charge following a disappointing first half to the Eredivisie season.
The 46-year-old former Heracles Almelo and Heerenveen coach was released from his contract by the club's board after it became clear he had lost the support of a number of players in the Feyenoord dressing room.
Assistant coach Wim Jansen and technical director Peter Bosz have also left the Rotterdam club following a day of crisis talks at De Kuip.
Verbeek was appointed coach on July 1, 2008 after four impressive years in charge of fellow Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen.
Heerenveen had decided not to renew Verbeek's contract, despite the coach leading the club into the UEFA Cup via the league for three successive season. His reputation was enough to secure a call from Feyenoord when his predecessor, Bert van Marwijk, announced he would be leaving to take charge of the Dutch national side.
However, Verbeek failed to stamp his mark on the Feyenoord squad from the outset, guiding the team to just one win in eight games at the start of this season.
He leaves with the club in 12th place in the Eredivisie after just five wins in 17 games prior to the winter break.
Feyenoord director Eric Gudde revealed Verbeek's failure to turn the club's fortunes around had led to disenchantment among the players, who find themselves just five points clear of the relegation zone halfway through the season.
''We regret the way things are, and the decision was taken with great reluctance,'' Gudde said on the club's website.
''Unfortunately, we now find that the chemistry between Verbeek and part of the group of players is missing.
''It is a law in football that if a large part of the players do not want a coach, there is no way to continue other than to install a new man.
''From day one he (Verbeek) didn't get an honest chance.''
Gudde added that he regretted the departures of Jansen and Bosz, who had come out in support of Verbeek during the recent upheaval at the club.
''The departure of Peter Bosz and Wim Jansen we deeply regret,'' he said. ''Wim and Peter are real Feyenoorders, culture guards with a lot of football knowledge.
''Unfortunately, Peter and Wim both believe their position is untenable.
''We will bridge the gap created by their departure as carefully as possible.''
Assistant coach Leon Vlemmings has been named as Verbeek's successor on an interim basis and will be at the helm for Friday's league encounter against Heerenveen.
Verbeek's former employers are also Feyenoord's visitors in the fourth round of the KNVB Beker on Tuesday.