Van Hanegem: "Criticism gave me spirit"
Wednesday 05 November 2008
Willem van Hanegem (64) had plans
to put down his job as head coach of FC Utrecht last
week when he was home with the flue.
However the severe criticism that
he received from all sides made him decide otherwise.
Van Hanegem said so in an interview
with local TV station RTV Utrecht.
"At first I thought: I quit.
But when they came up with all kinds of nasty stories,
also from within the club I thought: never in my life.
I will not be sent on my way by these people. It gave
me new spirit. I was looking forward to working hard
with FC Utrecht again, if possible the next day. Sadly
the doctor wouldn't allow me then."
FC Utrecht fired
all four of Van Hanegem's assistants - Van Loen, Druppers,
Nascimento and Arts- two weeks ago.
Only Van Hanegem was allowed to
stay with a new contract as a prospect.
It caused a wave of criticism.
Van Hanegem was said to have no
credibility, to be a traitor and a coward and crying
"And some of the people who
said that call themselves a friend of mine. Well, I
have never had such sentiments towards them. But that's
how you find out who your real friends are. It's sad.
That's how thinks work in football, you think. But it's
rubbish. Still it was worst for my family. I talked
about it alot with them."
Van Hanegem also explained why
he agreed to
fire his four assistants.
"I felt that relations between
John van Loen and Rob Druppers would never be the same.
They had been at the club for such a long time and between
them there was always trouble."