This week has not just seen one manager leave their post, but 2 in the Belgian Pro League. Monday saw Jordi Condom leave Eupen with Claude Makelele filling the gap immediately. And now we say farewell to Yannis Anastasiou at Kortrijk, with Glen de Boeck slotting in at the Guldensporen Stadion. An atrocious run of formal has seen the Greek manager go and I did say at the weekend that his days were surely numbered.
The club haven’t won in the league since the 12th of August away at Eupen and whenever I’ve seen them, they haven’t played terribly, but the reliance on Thomas Kaminski is a bit too much. The goalkeeper has probably kept him in a job for a bit longer, especially claiming pretty decent draws at home against Gent and Genk, but wins are what are needed and their early season formation seems a long time ago.
I said recently they’re missing the Stojanovic-Lepoint combination in attack and maybe that’s been proved right. Teddy Chevalier has dipped goalscoring wise and without a regular goalscorer like Idriss Saadi like last season, when the going gets tough, it’s difficult for the team to pull themselves out. Kortrijk do seem to be a streaky team who go on runs like this, but come good eventually. Falling to 15th in the table as well, Vincent Tan had probably seen enough and felt justified to see the back of Anastasiou with this international break.
In comes a familiar name in Glen de Boeck take his place. With his last job being at Mouscron, he has a…erm…reasonable managerial CV, managing in Belgium, Holland and the business world. It’s a baptism of fire for the Belgian however. The run of forms till just after Christmas is very tough with matches away to Anderlecht, Gent and Genk, and home matches against STVV, Beveren and Mechelen (with 3 of those teams being former employers of de Boeck). The good thing is that de Boeck was a good defender, so defensively they should be sound, you’d think anyway, but it’s in attack where they need to get their finger out and really start banging goals in!
The thing is, this is the 9th sacking of the season out of 16 clubs even though only 8 clubs have installed new managers. Let’s just say from August, rather than July (when the season started) there have been 3 and a half months. Nine changes in that amount of time is unbelievable. How is that even possible? The only one who was given a chance was Jordi Condom in my opinion, but even I felt that was inevitable. I won’t reel off the list, but if we look at this, a manager is replaced every 11.5 days in the Pro League this season. Incredible. It’s as if every 2 match days a manager is relieved of his duties.
I hope Glen de Boeck does do well, as all managers because it can be the most rewarding when things go well…and badly I suppose, if there is a pay out. But with the ruthlessness and stress, why not take the packet of money offered when you are sacked? Nobody is safe right now by the looks of it and literally take the job one day at a time.
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