Dick Schreuder: ‘What I found here is simply no longer possible in terms of professionalism’

Dick Schreuder puts the proportions on edge after the relegation of PEC Zwolle. The trainer seems to remain on board for the time being, but he understands that things have to change with the Blue Fingers, who will be released in the Kitchen Champion Division for the first time in ten years next season.
Schreuder replaced Art Langeler during the season, started a handsome catch-up race with PEC, but finally pulled the shortest end. In principle, he serves his standing contract. “But the preconditions must be good,” he warns in conversation with De Stentor. “Eleven players are leaving. If they give me three players back for that, they‘d better do it themselves. Yes, really. You can’t get rid of eleven players and get three back for it, can you?”
The brother of future Ajax trainer Alfred Schreuder — with whom he will not work together in Amsterdam by the way — hopes for at least six reinforcements and believes that PEC should also take steps outside the lines. “How can you run a football company if you don‘t have a normal training field? That you also have to share with youth. That’s where it starts, isn‘t it? We are talking about a football club here, huh!” Schreuder also thinks that the state of the force base does not fit in a club like PEC. “I dare say that at Katwijk (where he was a trainer between 2014 and 2018, ed.) a lot of things are arranged better and faster than at PEC. That’s a tough statement, but it‘s true. Really, what I found here is simply no longer possible in terms of professionalism.”
Schreuder speaks of structural problems and draws the comparison with the highlight of the PEC history, the cup win of 2014. “When you ask Bram (club icon Bram of Poland, ed.) why this is, he says: because eleven players had the day of their lives and the draw was favorable. That’
s how you have to see it. If we had all the luck in the world this season, we would have stayed in it too. But then the problems are not gone.”