Captain Teun Koopmeiners says the AZ group supports the release of coach Arne Slot. The 42-year-old coach was fired on Saturday because he is negotiating with the rival Feyenoord for a vacant coaching position from next season.
“I couldn’t even talk to the coach anymore, or he was already in the car,” Koopmeiners said on Sunday after the defeat against FC Groningen (1-2). FOX Sports. “It’s crazy in the football world. It’s very chaotic, hectic and unusual. You will rarely experience such a day. “
“In the end, as players, we support this decision, but it’s a shame, because Arne was a very good coach for us,” the captain continued. “We want to thank him for that. The end did not go smoothly. “
AZ had a frustrating afternoon against FC Groningen. The Alkmaarders finished the game with red cards for Fredrik Midtsjø and Bruno Martins Indi with nine men, and to make matters worse, they lost 1: 2.
“That red card is not smart of us, Midtsjø will be too late. Then you call it on your own. I don’t think I should say anything about it, “says Koopmeiners, who has confidence in Pascal Jansen’s seconded assistant, who will finish the season. “We wanted to show our confidence in Pascal by winning, but it didn’t happen.”
Calvin Stengs and Teun Koopmeiners are disappointed after the equalizer of FC Groningen. (Photo: ANP)
Stengs: “Departure is very unfortunate”
Calvin Stengs also talks about the hectic days in Alkmaar. He regrets Slot’s release. “This coach gave us a lot,” he stressed FOX Sports. “He’s behind what we’re playing now, and he introduced us to the idea. It’s hard and difficult, but it’s true. “
“At first I thought: why and why? Then it turned out he spoke. I also understand the management. As AZ, we want to compete with some teams, including Feyenoord. It’s not possible for a coach to compete.” I support the leadership, but I still feel pity. “
Stengs refused to name the noisy start as the cause of the defeat against FC Groningen. “It simply came to our notice then. We were too careless, so were I. This is not allowed and it is a pity. Pascal is a good successor. He knows us and is a calm man. He knows what we want and how we play as a team. “