The poor results are now costing the native of Dordrecht, the super farmers say. “De Graafschap immediately bids farewell to trainer Reinier Robbemond. The recent results and the lack of prospects for improvement in the short term underlie this,” the club wrote.
“I am disappointed with the decision taken by the management,” said Robbemond. “With this staff, I had the confidence that we could break the negative spiral of the last few weeks. There have been many matches in which we have shown good football, but were not rewarded with points for that. As a trainer, you are ultimately judged on the performance you achieve. The players and the staff have pushed themselves every day. I took the opportunity to work at this club, even though I could still continue at Maccabi, also to show my ambition. De Graafschap is a very special club with great supporters and volunteers, whom I would like to thank. I wish the players and staff good luck towards the play-offs and hope they show what’s in this group.”
“This was a very difficult decision and we certainly did not take it overnight,” says general manager Hans Martijn Ostendorp. “With the appointment of Reinier, we took a new path last summer. Initially we also noticed the desired fresh wind, only in the past few months the development stalled. We greatly appreciate Reinier’s commitment, knowledge and skills, but we are of the opinion that he is no longer the best head coach for De Graafschap. We have to be honest about that and we conveyed that message today.”