RSC Anderlecht has Frank Arnesen Thursday proposed as new technical director. He stands at the Belgian recordkampioen, that difficult times will experience, for a great challenge, but feels ready for the job. “Anderlecht is for me an absolute top club. Perhaps the results are currently not as good. But here are a lot of possibilities and I’m really looking forward to do my bit to contribute,” said the Dane, ex-player of Anderlecht, on his first day at the Constant Vanden stock stadium.
Arnesen (62) was Thursday, flanked by Michael Verschueren, recently manager of purple and white. His coming fits in with the new sporting structure that Verschueren with chairman Marc Coucke drew up. “Frank has the effective DNA-profile of our club”, said Verschueren. “He has at RSCA beautiful moments, the title won. He then worked for top clubs like Chelsea and Tottenham. He is a man with a big network and he has the mentality of a champion.”
For Arnesen, it is a return to the club for which he between 1983 and 1985, played soccer. He wore also the jersey of Ajax, Valencia and PSV. At the lampenclub was the Dane also assistant coach and technical director. Which function he fulfilled, then also for Tottenham, Chelsea, Hamburg, Metalist Kharkiv and PAOK.
In order to Anderlecht to return, explained Arnesen his job as a member of the supervisory Board of PSV down. “I have all over Europe working”, underlined the former midfielder. “My start as manager at PSV, where I’m also an ex-player was. Now I have to Anderlecht return to, is very nice. This is the 34-fold champion of Belgium. We are committed to stay in Belgium to be the best. The bar is high but we must be ambitious.”
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A successor to appoint for mid-december dismissed Hein Vanhaezebrouck is his absolute priority, said the Dane with his performance in the Vanden stock stadium.
“I’ve been there already with Mike (Michael Verschueren, red) on samengezeten. Finding a new coach is our first priority. We are very hard working on it. But you have me also to give it time because it’s only my first day,” said Arnesen.
Manager Verschueren, that Arnesen Thursday flankeerde in the press room of the botanical garden ‘Astridpark’, outlined the profile where Arnesen looking for. “We want someone who is very dynamic, with the strategy of the club believes, and desperately wants to wager on the youth. He should also be in line with the style of the house. We do not play kick and rush football. And he must in the fast-changing world, to know how the correct way to communicate with you (media, editorial), the players, the staff.”
The past few weeks, it was Phillip Cocu emphatically Anderlecht linked, but Arnesen stressed that between the two parties never negotiations. “Phillip is already ten years of continuous trainer and want to take the time to charge the batteries. After his resignation from Fenerbahçe, he wants to be nowhere on the battle before him back feeling. Anyway, he is for the summer will not be available.”
With interimtrainer Karim Belhocine was Arnesen not yet around the table. “I have not spoken with him, and also not with the other members of the staff”, explained the Dane. “But anyway, we are planning to have a good conversation.”
On January 7, leaving Anderlecht on winter training to the Spanish Murcia. Local Arnesen to take the time to the left to get to know and to inform. “It would not be professional if I now would say that I have the players know. On the internship we will 24 hours a day together. This is a great opportunity to than analysis.”
Together with Marc Coucke scares “flexible” Arnesen is not down
The Dane worked at renowned clubs like Ajax, PSV, Chelsea, Tottenham and Hamburg. At Sporting, in the eyes of Arnesen also an “absolute top club”, he gets in the person of Marc Coucke with a flamboyant president with a strong opinion above. But that deters him not.
“I’m used to dealing with different presidents and club owners to work together. I am very flexible. In a club everyone has a role to play”, said the 62-year-old Dane on Thursday at his official presentation in the Vanden stock stadium.
Arnesen has to own say still no sight on the left, but with president Coucke and manager Michael Verschueren said he had already extended. “Last night we have Mike, the chairman and I the whole evening samengezeten. He (Coucke, red) was very enthusiastic. It is someone who wants to win. People say or do sometimes, driven by emotions, things that they regret. That is not bad. I have peace of mind.”