Bert Konterman is the new interim trainer of PEC Zwolle. The 50-year-old former defender of the club takes over the duties of John Stegeman fired last week.
Friday night PEC Zwolle was led by Leeroy Echteld. Six days after Stegemans resignation, PEC achieved an excellent 4-1 victory over SC Heerenveen.
Stegeman was promised last week after a defeat at FC Emmen. Because of the victory over SC Heerenveen, PEC now stands eight points above the demotion line, a margin that should in principle be enough to avoid getting into trouble anymore. Konterman started his career as a player at PEC Zwolle. Through SC Cambuur, Willem II and Feyenoord, he became international, with Oranje he was active at the 2000 European Championships and then joined Glasgow Rangers and Vitesse.
The new interim trainer of the club was already active as head of youth education and technical manager of PEC Zwolle. He also had several youth teams of the KNVB under his care. “At PEC Zwolle it all started for me as a football player and it feels good to temporarily return to the old nest”, says Konterman in a response.
“ In addition to achieving as much results as possible from the ten remaining competitions, I have set the goal to increase the enthusiasm and energy within the lines further. I would also like to contribute to the individual growth and development that we, as a team, reap our rewards. It works to my advantage that I already know a number of guys from the selection from the representative youth teams at the KNVB and my previous period in Zwolle.”
In addition to Echteld, Konterman will be assisted by assistant trainers Gert Peter de Gunst, Henry van der Vgt and goalkeeper trainer Jacques Storm.
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