NAC Breda‘s supporters wanted to go far to work out head coach Maurice Steijn, writes De Cceit Sunday night. The trainer made the decision to hand in his two-year contract on Saturday, under severe pressure from the supporters.
That gives NAC supporters their way. They threatened with sanctions if Steijn didn’t step up before 23:59 Saturday and went very far to get him away from the club. They threatened him and his family, so Steijn‘s children had to be accommodated even with their grandmother.
Steijn has never been able to reverse the sentiment in Breda. De Cceit writes that according to Steijn, the basis of the conflict lies in the decision to put striker Sydney van Hooijdonk on the bench. That didn’t work well with father Pierre van Hooijdonk, the NAC icon that has a lot of influence around the club. His tweets were oil on fire. NAC‘s supporters were behind Van Hooijdonk sr. and focused the arrows on Steijn and Managing Director Mattijs Manders. Ton Lokhoff, the technical director with also a NAC heart, got support.
Wondering how strong Breda is 💛🖤
— Pierre van Hooijdonk (@pierrevh17) June 16, 2021
It never came right between Steijn and Lokhoff. An example of the failed collaboration is the evaluation interview Steijn would have with Lokhoff, but the trainer was in Ibiza for private affairs and thus undermined the authority of his technical director. Among other things, they didn’t agree about transfers. The supporters got the turmoil from the sidelines and threatened with sanctions last week if Steijn didn‘t leave.
The NAC fans were willing to go far, De Cceit said. They sent threatening emails and phone threats, preventing Steijn and his family from feeling safe and taking emergency measures. “After a day of deliberations between all parties, Steijn decided to throw the towel and a platoon of Me’ers could stay home to prevent any storming and occupation of the Rat Verlegh Stadium,” writes the newspaper.
Steijn is currently on holiday in Spain. But he returns to the Netherlands earlier to deal with NAC. He carries the financial consequences of his departure himself. He had a two-year contract.
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