Bearchot has an amazing plan to get the team out of the relegation quagmire. As a replacement for Peter Mays, the club appointed not a new coach, but a coaching staff. Four coaches to be exact: Argentine Javier Torente (52), his brother Diego Torente (49), youth coach Frank Magermann (43) and Greg Vandredt (51) must save the club.
Javier Torrente is an old acquaintance of Beerschot director Jan Van Winckel. In Marseille, the two worked together in the coaching staff of current Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa. Torente will team up with his brother Diego Torente, Magermann and Vandredt, but will take on the ultimate responsibility.
Javier has over twenty years experience as a coach. He spent most of his time in T2 for Marcelo Bielsa, including in Marseille and the Argentine national team, but he was also coach of Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys, Lionel Messi.
Frank Magermann actually worked as a coach at the youth academy in Berchot and ended his career as a footballer in Kiel. Greg Vandredt is quitting his job as T1 at Eerste Nationaler Rupel Boom to move to Beerschot. Diego Torente has worked with his brother in the past, who worked as a video analyst for Marcelo Bielsa and the Argentina national team.
They will form the new task force with Head of Performance Peter Jacobs, goalkeeper coach Patrick Ness and video analyst Gregory de Grauwe.
“Javier and Diego Torrente are known for their professionalism and leadership,” says coach Sander van Praet. “They can relate this to their experience at the highest level in the major competitions. We chose to bring them together with two seasoned Belgian assistants who know the league and the club from the inside. Together with Peter Jacobs, Patrick Ness and Gregory de Grauwe, the four new faces must convey passion, exoticism and experience.”
In any case, the new coaching staff is waiting for a very difficult task. With a 1 in 24, Beerschot hangs at the bottom of the Jupiler Pro League. No team has ever managed to avoid relegation after such a poor start.