Trainer Been leaves Feyenoord and Rotterdam

14th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Mario Been has resigned as trainer of Rotterdam football club Feyenoord with immediate effect. The majority of the players had let it be known that they no longer had confidence in him as coach.

His assistant Leon Vlemmings will take over for the time being.

Technical director Martin van Geel describes Been’s departure as 100 percent the responsibility of the team. “I’ve told them: this is your doing. You should be aware of what you’ve done. This isn’t good for the club.”

Meeting Striker Ron Vlaar organised a players’ meeting on Wednesday at which it became clear most of the squad no longer backed Been as coach. When he heard the news, Been decided to quit immediately and left the training compound.

Been moved to Rotterdam in the summer of 2009 after a successful period training the Nijmegen club NEC. His first season with Feyenoord was reasonably successful, but the club’s poor financial position meant it was difficult to strengthen the squad. His second season at Rotterdam went badly and the club finished tenth in the Dutch Premier League.

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