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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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Roda JC coach gets the sack

Wednesday 08 October 2008

The management of Roda JC have fired their coach Raymond Atteveld.

He is being blamed for the poor results.

His contract would expire in 2010.

His duties will be performed by his assistant Martin Koopman for the time being.

Roda JC are currently 15th in the Eredivisie with 2 points from 5 games.

But it is said that it's also the poor second half of last season that has now cost Atteveld his job.

Atteveld started with the club in February 2007, succeeding Huub Stevens, who left for Hamburger SV and is now coach of PSV Eindhoven.

Until that moment Atteveld was Stevens' assistant in Kerkrade.

In Atteveld's first season Roda finished sixth in the league, followed by a ninth spot last season.

The man from Amsterdam who holds the record for the most yellow cards (11) in one season is the first Eredivisie coach to lose his job this season.

"It was an awkward decision, but it was also inevitable," Director of Football Martin van Geel explained.

„Since January 2008 Roda JC have one only three games and not one single away game. We only gained 17 points in that period. Of course we did everything we could together with the coach to turn things around. It didn't work out. In the end we had no hope that Atteveld could change things for the better. We have not yet made up our mind about a possible predecessor for Atteveld."

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