06 dec 2023 om 16:26
Michael Dingsdag will be on the bench for the first time as interim coach of FC Volendam during the home match against Feyenoord on Thursday evening. The former defender will be doing the honors at the North Holland club for the time being after the departure of Matthias Kohler.
“I did have doubts,” Dingsdag told NOS on Thursday. “I first asked the boys whether they were 100 percent behind it. They all have to jump on the bandwagon. If there are only one or two who hold the band back, it will also have consequences for my own future, while I still I don’t even have the piece of paper.”
The 41-year-old Dingsdag is head coach of FC Volendam until the winter break, which means he will only be in charge of the team for two matches. He was already assistant coach at the current number seventeen of the Eredivisie.
Kohler announced his departure from FC Volendam on Friday, without saying when. The German played for the group against PEC Zwolle a day later (0-5 defeat) and opened the door for a longer stay, but the collaboration came to an end on Tuesday.
Michael Dingsdag was already an assistant coach at FC Volendam. Photo: ANP
‘All fires in the player group have been extinguished’
Kohler’s departure was a new development in the crisis at FC Volendam. This started last week with the announced resignation of chairman Jan Smit and the other three board members. The board was at loggerheads with the supervisory board (SB) over a deficit of 3 million euros for the past season.
Dingsdag starts his first job as head coach and faces a tough task with the away match against Feyenoord. “I like challenges. I can only do better than how things have gone so far. All small fires in the player group have been extinguished internally. Confidence has been expressed towards the staff that is now there.”
Feyenoord-FC Volendam starts on Thursday at 9 p.m. The match in De Kuip is led by referee Martin van den Kerkhof.
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