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‘Ambition of Marc Coucke convinced me completely’

Frank Arnesen begins on 3 January, sports director at Anderlecht

‘Ambition of Marc Coucke convinced me completely’

He did all the transfers for PSV, Chelsea, Tottenham and Hamburg. Now he’s going reinforcements for Anderlecht. Frank Arnesen has signed for 3.5 years and seems to be the ideal sports director for RSCA. As an ex-player sits Anderlecht in his DNA, and moreover, the Dane is a large network.

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Sporting director Frank Arnesen brings experience from PSV, Tottenham and Chelsea to Anderlecht. Patrick Seeger/belgaimage

Frank Arnesen begins on 3 January, sports director at Anderlecht

‘Ambition of Marc Coucke convinced me completely’

He did all the transfers for PSV, Chelsea, Tottenham and Hamburg. Now he’s going reinforcements for Anderlecht. Frank Arnesen has signed for 3.5 years and seems to be the ideal sports director for RSCA. As an ex-player sits Anderlecht in his DNA, and moreover, the Dane is a large network.

Now a coach and three toptransfers

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Jürgen Geril

BrusselDrie of weeks ago it was Frank Arnesen (62) all agree to Anderlecht linked. Then he sent us a nice whatsappje: ‘I stay at PSV, and more comments, I wish this not to give.”

Tiens… Yesterday announced Anderlecht suddenly that no one less than – yes – Frank Arnesen still, the new sports director. We got the Dane immediately to the line, in perfect English. “The last 24 hours knocked Michael Verschueren again,” he says. ‘So, the deal was again in a higher gear, because the past weeks I was thinking a lot about my future. At PSV I felt not in my sas. I’m just too young to have so little to do.’ Arnesen signed for 3.5 years in purple and white.

Robben and co.

In Eindhoven, Arnesen today in the supervisory Board, a supervisory body that the sports operation checks. “We came about eight times per year, but I missed the real work: players make and develop. The function that Anderlecht allowed me, spoke to me. Anderlecht is still Anderlecht is the biggest club of Belgium and a name in Europe with a strong constituency and a very ambitious chairman. It was the ambition and the vigor of Marc Coucke me completely convinced. We need this club back to the top to lead.’

Arnesen did in the past, many cases with contested brokers as Vlado Lemic
and Pini Zahavi

As offensive midfielder, played football Frank Arnesen in the 80’s for Ajax, Valencia, Anderlecht, PSV and the Danish national team. With purple-white (1983-1985) he was champion in 1985, but the Uefacup-final against Tottenham was lost.

In the Netherlands, Arnesen did a European award to tackle. In 1988 he won with PSV in the european cup I, though he played not a minute in the final against Benfica. In total, he picked up six titles in the Netherlands: three with Ajax and three with PSV.

At the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 1984, he received a place in the team of the tournament. Thanks to a strong match against the Belgians – who are so turned off were – which he was good for a goal and an assist.

The Dane was a winner on the field, but he was especially praised as a sports director of PSV in the late 90’s. When were in Eindhoven, names like Ronaldo, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooij and Arjen Robben launched. Arnesen reaped the rewards, because after that, he worked for Tottenham and Chelsea, where he, among others, Nemanja Matic and Solomon of goal”. brought to and worked with coaches Mourinho, Grant, Scolari, Hiddink and Such. ‘In 25 years time I built a good network. I want to be with Anderlecht a nice story to write together with the players and the technical staff.’

The technical staff: the word is out. Officially occurs Arnesen until 3 January in service in Anderlecht, but he will of course all affect the trainerskeuze. Thanks to him to the shortlist of two names to be added: Philip Cocu (ex-PSV) and Kasper Hjulmand (Nordsjaelland). ‘But about the trainerskeuze we really have not talked a lot’, gave Arnesen us. “I know that there are many candidates, but have only just signed.’

Villa in Marbella

Arnesen wanted there so still nothing about fix, but its share in the trainerskeuze and the transfers is great. It all seems a nice story, but arose within the voetbalmilieu also to ask some questions. How often will Arnesen, for example, on the club and how often in his villa in Marbella? And if Coucke struggles with bad makelaarspraktijken, why does he get than a man who very much was in business with controversial agents as Vlado Lemic and Pini Zahavi, the man behind Mouscron)? So paid Hamburg in 2012 – according to German sources – too many to Dinamo Zagreb for Milan Badelj because Lemic in the deal was. And led the transfer of the 15-year-old Katuka to Chelsea not to a FIFA investigation?

Question so. Especially because it transferbeleid of Arnesen in his penultimate club – the Greek PAOK – also anything but a success and a lot of money cost. But The Dane is confident: ‘Oh, for me it is just an honor to be the ex-player to return to Anderlecht.’

Kasper Hjulmand. afp

Now a coach and three toptransfers

BrusselNu Anderlecht a new athletic director, let the trainerskeuze may not be as long in coming. The list has been reduced from 84 to 10 names. The Dutchman Peter Bosz (ex-Ajax and Dortmund) is still red underlined, but prefers a great competition. The offered Italian Roberto Donadoni (ex-AC Milan) was discussed, but it has a (too?) defensive profile and Frank de Boer looks at other options.

Now Frank Arnesen is announced as athletic director of diving suddenly have two outstanding candidates. The first is the relatively unknown Kasper Hjulmand (46), the coach of the Danish Nordsjaelland. He is a voetbalromanticus that always 4-3-3 plays and success with a team with many teenagers. In 2012, it was Hjulmand even Danish champion and last season he led his young team to a fine third place. The only blemish on his blazon is a complete failed passage in 2014 in Mainz 04 in the Bundesliga, but now is Hjulmand is more mature. Via Scandinavian ex-players won Anderlecht all the information in and it goes with the coach talk. He is this summer, end of contract with Nordsjaelland.

The other coach that Arnesen is linked, is Phillip Cocu (48). His resignation from Fenerbahçe is almost done, and Arnesen saw Cocu over the past four years three-time champion with PSV. Michael Verschueren gave the interest in Cocu even, but in the vicinity of the Dutch coach they deny yet each approach.

Purple and white definitely want to get my new year’s coach hiring, so he competitiehervatting and the winter training can properly prepare. Through the good contacts of Frank Arnesen want to the people of Brussels, and then three new players pick up, preferably in big clubs. The most important thing a striker and a number ten and possibly a defender.
(jug, kvu, dvd, bfa)

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