Wage offer and Pratto lesson for Feyenoord: “Financial reserves have evaporated”

Feyenoord director Mark Koevermans has had to appeal to the players and supporters of the stadium club, now that it has been deeply affected by the coronacrisis. The Rotterdammers launched a campaign on Thursday, in which the fans get the request not to ask for the money for their season tickets back.
All staff members — and therefore also the player group — had already paid in part of their salary in the spring and now have to do so again, to keep Feyenoord afloat. We understand that everyone is bummed by the necessary wage deductions. Certainly the players and the technical staff are talking about very substantial sums. But we can‘t do anything else, says Koevermans to the Algemeen Dagblad.
A number of selection players did not want to agree to this, also knows Koevermans. We haven’
t heard from most of them, we have received a response from some players that they disagree. But we will implement the discount. The Feyenoord Executive Board simply has no choice: prior to the season they had assumed that after the end of the year the audience could come back to the stadiums. However, this does not seem to happen again this season, which means that Feyenoord has to record an additional loss item of more than EUR 8 million. Our financial reserves have evaporated, says Koevermans.
The Pratto transfer critics point to the intermediate arrival of River Plate-mercenary Lucas Pratto, who, moreover, hardly deserves to play. However, Koevermans points to the need for an extra striker, which was there at the beginning of January. Nicolai Jörgensen was always not fully fit, Róbert Bozeník even walked with a brace. Bryan Linssen was an emergency solution in rush hour. With the important January month ahead and the great importance of getting European football there was therefore a demand from football business when there was no money.
However, that money could be brought together, with the hiring of players such as Luciano Narsingh (FC Twente), Sven van Beek (Willem II), George Johnston (Wigan Athletic) and Jordy Wehrmann (FC Lucerne). In this way, we were able to do something very modestly and on a rental basis to boost the selection. With the agreement of technical director Frank Arnesen and trainer Dick Advocate, Lucas Pratto became it. The same Pratto, however, has been sitting next to Jörgensen and Bozeník for a month and a half, while Linssen is the first striker: Koevermans is ‘of course not cheerful about it’, he admits. That‘s a lesson for the future. But luckily Pratto wasn’t a very expensive lesson.