Dec 01, 2023 at 10:55 AM Update: 8 minutes ago
The supervisory board of FC Volendam hit back hard at the dismissed chairman Jan Smit at a sensational press conference on Friday. According to supervisory board chairman Jaap Veerman, there was a “war situation” between the supervisory board and the board for twelve months.
According to Veerman, the battle arose when it became clear last year that FC Volendam under the leadership of Smit was heading for a loss of millions. The figures were announced this month: the club had a deficit of 3 million euros for the past season, resulting in negative equity.
According to Veerman, several confrontations with chairman Smit took place within the club about financial policy. “That led to the resignation of three critical board members. They could not handle the pressure,” Veerman said at the press conference, at which he did not mince words.
“I can understand that. It is not easy, because we have an iconic chairman. If we as the supervisory board can be blamed for anything, it is that we allowed this to continue for too long. We should have intervened earlier.”
Veerman said that the supervisory board has issued “three yellow cards” to the board in the past twelve months. “No red, because the chairman’s name is Jan Smit,” said Veerman, who then called Smit “a bad chairman”.
According to Veerman, the red card only followed a phone call from Smit on November 21. “Jan said to me: ‘Jaap, it is now war and the fight is only now really starting. The Jozef (the hall center where Smit and Veerman clashed on a supporters evening, ed.) was just the beginning. I never want you again speaking one-on-one.’ The end of the conversation.”
Jan Smit was fired from FC Volendam on Thursday evening. Photo: Pro Shots
‘Order had to be created’
Veerman admitted that it was nevertheless not easy to send Smit away. The resignation of the singer and the other three board members followed on Thursday evening during a special meeting of the supervisory board.
“It was a terrible week, an absolute disaster for the supervisory board members, for the staff and for the former board members. It was a tough decision, but there was no discussion within the supervisory board. It was unanimous.”
“What would it have solved if we had not done this? Jan Smit’s declaration of war would have gone ahead. That would have been disastrous for FC Volendam. If that goes wrong, the judge can hold me accountable.”
“Then he says: ‘You were appointed to supervise the association and you did not do that. You allowed that to continue and that is bad.’ That was not an option. When there is chaos, order must be created.”
Jaap Veerman at the sensational press conference in Volendam. Photo: ANP
“Team Jonk’ is not part of the discussion”
Veerman is not afraid that technical manager Wim Jonk, technical director Jasper van Leeuwen and training director Ruben Jongkind will resign after Smit’s departure. With Smit as chairman, the three, who formed the so-called ‘Team Jonk’, were the architects of the return to the Eredivisie.
“‘Team Jonk’ has not been part of the discussion,” Veerman said. “As far as I’m concerned, they can stay on. Wim Jonk, just like Jan Smit, is a club icon and can be fired, but he has to make it that way.”
“Anyone who functions well at FC Volendam can stay. That is absolutely certain. As far as I am concerned, the technical people can stay here for years.” Trainer Matthias Kohler supported Smit earlier this week.
Smit is not the only driver who had to leave the field at Volendam. Treasurer Corn Veerman, Hans Bond (technical affairs) and Gerben Matroos (commercial affairs) have also been removed from their positions. Business director Frans ten Berge, who was fired by Smit on Thursday, is returning.