Club BruggeExit Philippe Clement in Club Brugge, who is looking for a successor to T1 who left for Monaco. A surprising name on the foreign coaches shortlist is that of former Barcelona assistant Alfred Schroeder (49).
Winter training will be special to say the least. Club Brugge is leaving today for Marbella without the coaching staff for the past 2.5 seasons, as the new coach will have to join the training camp soon. Depending on how smoothly the quest is completed, Club NXT coach Rick de Mel and his assistant Karl Hofkins will lead the forces in Andalusia.
Last night, two days after Clement was released to leave the club, there was no white smoke around his successor. The club has ramped up its search, based on a shortlist of candidate successors that has emerged over the months. Including Alfred Schroeder. The 49-year-old Dutchman was forced to step down from FC Barcelona in October as Ronald Koeman’s assistant. He previously worked at FC Twente for six years, including as an assistant coach for Michel Preudome and also as head coach for one season. In 2019-2020, Schroeder held the position of technical director of Hoffenheim in Germany, where he was an assistant to them four years earlier under the leadership of Hope Stevens and Julian Nagelsmann. He resigned from the Bundesliga club due to ‘lack of ambition on the part of the board of directors’ – his only job so far as head coach in one of the major leagues,
The Dutchman also experienced Ajax’s best European season as an assistant to Ten Hag (Ajax), gaining a wealth of experience in international football, as is the case with Koeman. Also the reason why Club Brugge ended up with Schroeder. Everything points to the direction of the 49-year-old Dutchman.
Schroeder is known in the Netherlands as an attacking coach who handles field careers with flexibility. Well communication – you don’t have to expect a lot of crazy things from a Gelderlander. A profile that seems to appeal to Club Brugge, although the question is whether Schreuder would opt for blue and black. After being sacked by Barcelona, he basically wants to make the right decision. For example, he recently refused the Swiss record champion FC Basel, because he would prefer to enter somewhere this summer at the start of a new season. However, even from a geographical point of view, Basel is not Bruges.
Xabi Alonso, Frank de Boer and Marc van Bommel have also been discussed at the club in recent days, albeit with less certainty than Alfred Schroeder.
In addition to Schroeder, the board of directors of Bruges and a few other foreigners are fine. Xabi Alonso, for example, was a guest at Belfius Basecamp in the not too distant past. The 40-year-old Spanish legend is currently with Real Sociedad B team. The names of Frank de Boer and Marc van Bommel have also been discussed at the club in recent days, albeit with less certainty than that of Alfred Schroeder.
As the club continues talks today, Philippe Clement is learning about the principality. Last night, the coach attended the Monaco Cup match in Rouen. Along with his assistants Van Romst, Ivins and de Boever, Clement saw the glorious B-team beat Quevilly 1-3. A deal in principle for 2.5 season could be formalized today – although Monaco officially knocked Niko Kovac at the door on Saturday. Next weekend Clement and his loyal assistants will be on the bench for the first time when his new club promptly finishes an important duel at the sub-top when visiting Nantes.
Here’s what we know about the Clement move:
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