Last night there was a match where I was feeling a lot of pain if I’m honest. I felt like John Coffey in The Green Mile when Eduard Delacroix was getting executed, rocking on a bed in agony. Unfortunately I didn’t have Mr Jingles to look after and then scurry away as light bulbs burst around me!
Anyway, it was heartless and professional from Zulte Waregem. Francky Dury said he wanted the job done last night and that’s what he did. He masterfully carried out two jobs. The demolition of Beveren and the sacking of Sven Vermant. To be 5-0 up at halftime was a signal of their intentions. I said to someone on Twitter, couldn’t Essevee have taken it easy? Reminded me of Germany vs Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semis where they took their foot off the gas. Zulte just didn’t and it was nearly even 9-0!
The feeling I have regarding Waasland-Beveren is that the players loved and admired Phillipe Clement so much, that Vermant seemed like a rebound to a girlfriend you loved so much, but you couldn’t help but adore the woman who left you. Boljevic and Ampomah both said they’d run through walls for Clement. I’m not questioning their professionalism at all, honestly, but when I tweeted that I though Vermant would get sacked this morning, a Beveren fan suggested that the players wanted that.
I just feel so bad for WBE fans that I haven’t given enough credit to Zulte Waregem who have done the double over Kortrijk, won seven out of eight, scored 28 goals and could now have the Taureau d’Or. They have been a class above defensively and in attack. It all goes down to recruitment and Harbaoui has been outstanding. Whoever they face in both finals to get into Europe will be difficult for the opposition. They’re incredibly confident and Dury can even have the benefit of resting players too if he really wants. Everyone accuses me of being a Kortrijk fan, when I’m simply an Arsenal fan who loves Belgian football, so for all of those who say that, you can’t say I’m not purring over how good Essevee have been.
I wonder what’s next for Beveren though? Is there a manager they could hire now or just wait? Could a Yannick Ferrera come in or is there another youth coach somewhere who’d get another chance? The club is in disarray with the quality who have left or are going, and they need to keep as many quality players as they can, whilst scouring places for hidden gems again or getting quality loan signings too.
A tale of two playoff campaigns here…