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Total Dutch Football 2014/15 Manager of the Season


The votes proved that there was only one manager worthy of our first annual ‘Manager of the Season’ award. All staff were asked to name their top three managers. Each first pick received three points, second place received two points and one point was awarded for the third pick. The results are below…



Winner – PHILIP COCU (PSV) 15 points

Great players, do not make great managers right? In only his second full year as coach, former international midfielder Philip Cocu guided PSV to their 22nd Eredivisie championship title. As an inexperienced manager, Cocu has led a team with an average age of 23, to an emphatic league victory winning by gigantic 17 points over bitter rivals Ajax.

Next season perhaps sees Cocu’s biggest challenge, a Champions League campaign and trying to retain the Eredivisie shield without some important cogs in this season’s wheel. Memphis Depay has already departed, whilst big money moves for Georginio Wijnaldum and Jetro Willems are surely round the corner. Cocu will have a large amount of money to spend, but former international team-mates Frank de Boer and Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be building squads themselves for a title fight.

2nd – EDWIN VAN DE LOOI (FC Groningen) 8 points

The 43-year-old from Huissen, clinched his trophy for the Pride of the North defeating PEC Zwolle in the KNVB Beker final earlier this month, the first time in the clubs history. A eighth place finish was a great achievement after losing many big names last summer, and another punt at the Europa League next season is to look forward too.

3rd – RON JANS (PEC Zwolle) 3 points

The beginning of the season was a great start for Jans and Zwolle, defeating Ajax in the Johan Cruyiff Schaal. A KNVB Beker final defeat was not to be shamed of, and finishing in the top six, the highest in their history is an unbelievable turnaround from the little team that couldn’t a few years back.


HENK DIJKHUIZEN (Excelsior) 1 point

JURGEN STREPPEL (Willem II) 1 point

FRED RUTTEN (Feyenoord) 1 point


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Cocu pleased that Hiddink is to help PSV


Obviously experiencing a difficult season, PSV head coach Phillip Cocu is delighted that legendary manager Guus Hiddink returns to the club to lend a hand in a consultancy role for the remainder of the season.

During Friday’s press conference ahead of PSV’s match against FC Twente, Cocu stated : “Guus is a PSV icon. He will be very valuable to PSV with all his experience at the highest level. Guus and I have been in regular touch by phone over the past few months. After his time in Russia, Guus enjoyed a brief break. I am happy that Guus will regularly be present at De Herdgang for the remainder of the season to help out myself and the technical staff.”

Hiddink will be taking a backseat at the Phillips Stadion, and will not undermine Cocu’s position as head coach: “He will be in attendance at least once per week at De Herdgang, but he will not be present on the bench during games.”

Hiddink was present at PSV’s training on Friday morning and Cocu stated his impact was evident from the start: “You immediately see that players approach him and ask for his advice. I learned a lot from him myself as well during my active career. It would not be smart to turn someone like Guus down if he offers to help out. His arrival does not have any effect on the current technical staff.”

In what has been a difficult season for PSV, its manager and its fans, the arrival of Guus Hiddink can only help spur the team on to try and achieve the best position possibly in the Eredivisie. They currently sit 15 points off leaders Ajax, but only eight off a top four finish, so reaching a top four finish will be achievable but things need to change immediately.


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NEWS: Phillip Cocu confirmed as new PSV coach

On Monday morning, Phillip Cocu was appointed new PSV Eindhoven head coach on a four-year deal.

Cocu replaces Dick Advocaat, who had previously stated his intention to step down at the end of the season if PSV Eindhoven failed to win the Eredivisie title. With the club finishing as runners-up and seven points adrift of Ajax in the standings, the former Holland coach is stepping aside to give Cocu the chance to lead the club.

42-year-old Cocu, who enjoyed two spells at the Eindhoven club as a player and six years at La Liga giants Barcelona, spent three months as PSV’s interim coach at the end of last season following the dismissal of Fred Rutten, before Advocaat then came in to take over the reins.

At a press conference on Monday morning, general manager Tiny Sanders said the appointment of Cocu will signal a shift in focus from instant success to bringing through young players and building a team for the future.

“PSV and Phillip Cocu have agreed a four-year contract as head coach,” Sanders said. “This expresses the intention to build a new PSV with the involvement and appearance that characterises the club.

“Both parties see the selection of Phillip Cocu, after a good debut as interim coach, as the right choice.

“After focusing on the championship in 2013, partly fuelled by the return of Dick Advocaat, we are now aiming to implement a long-term vision.

“Extra attention and investment will be made in our youth system. While individual training and guidance and a recognisable style of play at all levels are important examples of our priorities.

“Qualification for the Champions League this year is a great windfall but is secondary to the priorities previously mentioned.

“PSV would like to thank Dick Advocaat for his hard work in the 2012/13 season and wish him every success in his future challenges.

“He was willing to show his loyalty and was the same passionate man with a warm heart as he was during his first spell in charge, so we are very grateful.”

Faber, van der Weerden and Cocu to lead PSV for the next four years

Cocu will be joined by assistants Chris van der Weerden and Ernest Faber.

The former Oranje international said: “We are all eager to start. This is a challenging job with an ambitious new staff.

“We are going to build a new team. There will be changes in the squad. PSV will always go for the title but there is time enough.

“I am someone who likes to learn step by step and don’t want to go too fast. I also think you’re never too old to learn.

“I’m ready to take this step. It is a long-term thing but I am someone who, if he start something, wants to do well.”

It is rumoured that Ruud van Nistelrooy and recently retired Mark van Bommel will join the coaching staff in Eindhoven in the next few weeks.



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NEWS: Cocu to be named new PSV coach

Cocu, Van Der Weerden & Faber – the management team in Eindhoven

Voetbal International state that Phillip Cocu will sign a four-year contract early next week to become the new head coach of PSV.

Cocu, currently coach of the PSV A1 youth team replaces Dick Advocaat in the manager’s hotseat after just one season.

Former FC Eindhoven coach Ernest Faber and Chris van der Weerden be his assistants and the trio will be presented on Monday or Tuesday in a press conference.

Advocaat, had already decided in December already that he did not wish to stay beyond this season: “I think it’s too much at the moment. As I feel now, I will not go to another club to manage.”

“We all know what the problem is with PSV,” said Advocaat after the 2-1 defeat to AZ in the KNVB Beker final on Ascension Day. “There will be a number of players leave and therefore this makes money available to strengthen the squad. I think Cocu, Faber and Van der Weerden know what they want for next season.”



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