PSV fire coach Van Bommel


THE HAGUE, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Following a string of bad results, PSV have sacked coach Mark van Bommel on Monday.

PSV lost 3-1 to Feyenoord on Sunday and dropped to the fourth place of the Eredivisie. It was the fourth defeat in eight league matches. The 42-year-old Van Bommel also failed to lead PSV to the next round of the Europa League after heavy defeats at LASK Linz (4-1) and Sporting Portugal (4-0).

“The decline is too big and unworthy of PSV,” Toon Gerbrands, general manager of PSV, explained in a press release.

“Performances and results have been far below what is expected at PSV. Matches are measuring moments but we also keep a close eye on the progress down the road. We always try to help and support each other at PSV and that’s what we have done the past few months.”

“The club’s interest will always be of prime importance,” Gerbrands continued. “Following a review of the current status in and around the first team, we have come to this painful decision. We have all tried hard to turn things around but unfortunately failed to do so.”

Former Dutch international and PSV player Van Bommel started as coach of PSV in the summer of 2018 and guided his team to the second place in his first season after a long title race with Ajax.

This season PSV started well again under Van Bommel, but without injured Steven Bergwijn and Donyell Malen the decline began and with both forwards fit again PSV failed to return to top form.

PSV will announce a temporary replacement for Van Bommel later on Monday. On Wednesday the Eindhoven based team will play away against GVVV in the Dutch Cup and on Saturday PSV host PEC Zwolle in the Dutch league.


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