Technical Director Hans van Breukelen leaves KNVB

KNVB Media
KNVB Media
21 June, 9:00

Hans van Breukelen: "I leave with a good feeling, because I know I have done everything to achieve our objectives." - Photo: KNVB Media

Hans van Breukelen has decided that he will stand down as the technical director of the Netherlands Football Association, KNVB, as per 1 August. The former international goalkeeper leaves the association after 13 months in office.

KNVB management respects Van Breukelen’s decision. “It’s a pity, but we’ll part company in a good spirit,” says Jean-Paul Decossaux, speaking on behalf of both professional and amateur football management. “In his capacity as technical director, Hans has set quite a few things in motion within the association and within footbal and we are thankful to him for that.” 

— Photo: Hans van Breukelen: "I leave with a good feeling."

In his role as technical director, Van Breukelen will remain responsible for all football-related issues within the KNVB until 1 August. Among many other things, Van Breukelen has contributed to the Winnaars van Morgen (Tomorrow’s Winners) plan, charting the course of Dutch football in the future.

Good feeling

“I leave with a good feeling, because I know I have done everything to achieve our objectives,” Van Breukelen says. “But of course, I remain critical of myself. I have insufficiently succeeded in fulfilling my – and our – ambitions. For that, I’ve drawn my own conclusions. I wish the KNVB all the best and I remain hopeful that the Netherlands national team will qualify for the upcoming World Cup and that Women’s EURO 2017 will be a success. I believe in the power of football, always.”

The vacancy of technical director will be filled after a new Board of Supervisors and a new Director for professional football have been appointed. Further announcements will be made in due course. 

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