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“Soon, I want to go to lunch with Vanhaezebrouck’

Interview AA Ghent chairman Ivan De Witte has a lot of confidence in coach Thorup and looks without regret back

“Soon, I want to go to lunch with Vanhaezebrouck’

For the first time since January 2014 starts AA Gent in the new year outside the top six. And yet there is no concern visible on stage. Hope is not even the correct description, determination.

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Ivan The White consults with coach Jess Thorup and his staff: “It is a big challenge to deal with our role in the cup and at the same time focused for Play-off 1 fight. I have a lot of confidence in Jess Thorup, he challenge good will address.’ Jasper Jacobs/belga

Interview AA Ghent chairman Ivan De Witte has a lot of confidence in coach Thorup and looks without regret back

“Soon, I want to go to lunch with Vanhaezebrouck’

For the first time since January 2014 starts AA Gent in the new year outside the top six. And yet there is no concern visible on stage. Hope is not even the correct description, determination.

Football

Michaël Van Damme

Olivia NovaAls someone to feel that the follow personified, is the chairman Ivan De Witte. Without regrets, he reminisces, without a doubt, ahead.

Welcome to Oliva. How has the team found?

“We have two transfers made to the team to strengthen. We think that Kaminski is the right decision after the departure of Kalinic, a little unexpectedly came. Sorloth the scoring ability to raise and Jess Thorup to see him function in his vision. We are looking for someone who has added value in the offensive compartment. I think we sufficiently armed.”

How do you look back on the complications in the transfer of Thomas Kaminski? Kwatongen tell: “Well negotiated by Michel Louwagie, who in Kortrijk, a substantial discount could negotiate.’

“We have medical opinions obtained, and at the end of the ride, you take a decision. We have ours with Foket and Mitrovic. Later on, Mitrovic made it to Strasbourg gone and in the meantime, he plays everything. This only proves that we as a club accountable to our supporters and shareholders. One thing I clearly want to say: this was virtually no negotiating strategy.’

The departure of Kalinic to Aston Villa was a bit unexpected, says you.

“Maybe he thinks not, but the farewell of Yves Vanderhaeghe hurt’

“I have, in the beginning of the season with Lovre spoken. The deal was that the entire season would remain, unless something special came in the wintermercato. I assumed that he wouldn’t go away, but there is suddenly a very attractive offer for him. What also played: when he returned from the world cup, where he was runner-up with Croatia, was the difference with the Belgian league is suddenly great.”

Have you noticed that he is sometimes difficult to motivate?

“Yes. An example from last season already: after the bekermatch in Kortrijk, he admitted that he is not a good match had played. He confessed that for him it was difficult for such a match to load.’

You have in 2018 eight basisspelers let you go, uitleenbeurten not included. Financially, that’s great, but it can be difficult to build a team.

“There are many, I agree. It is not easy to players to maintain that financial provision can improve. The Belgian league is highly regarded and is attractive, because the transfer fees are still payable. At the same time proves that we have good players to recruit and make them better. This also has to do with the type of club that we are. We are not affiliated to a shareholder or owner of that money in the club, to stop such as Club Brugge, Anderlecht and Standard. And so are transfers an important source of income. Genk is also in our approach.’

Vadis Odjidja in June, only one year contract. The big challenge is to convince him to stay.

“We are going to be very hard to do our best, more I cannot say. He is intrinsically one of the best players, if not the best player currently in Belgium around. At a certain moment we will be with him around the table, I suspect, in march-april. Please note, I speak regularly with him. He has me today (yesterday, ed.) said: I am very happy with AA Gent and my family is also like Ghent. (delicately) I had the feeling that he me that if denkmateriaal need.’

The club has had a turbulent period experienced as a final note the 1-5 defeat against Genk, the supportersprotesten and the dismissal of Vanderhaeghe after a long agony. How do you look back?

‘Yves has our last season a huge disservice with his performance. I keep him a good trainer, with a warm personality. After the match against Genk, we had no choice. That parting has me hurt towards the human person, Yves Vanderhaeghe, though, he thinks maybe not. I had a particular moment that we can say that for a long time, we continue with Yves, just to leave her alone again, but I do no such thing if there is a risk that we are two weeks later to say goodbye. That is lie pour les besoins de la cause. I understand that others do things differently, but that is not in me.”

Vanderhaeghe has a penalty remonte created and a European ticket enforced. Nevertheless, we felt that noise was, especially after the dip in Play-off 1. Why are you with him gone?

“We had an agreement that he would continue as we set out on a European place ended. I am someone who, such agreements respects. Also in the hope and belief that he can still better his turn would find. I admit that the outgoing transfers tricks on him have played. So am I fair in the review: we take a piece on us. But in the end it was on. The match against Genk, the light went out. I have Yves not spoken. I do not want to force it, but I’m certainly still do.”

You were three weeks previously together with Trond Sollied ‘to take advice’. Afterwards it is revealed that he is itself as a trainer to get started wanted. Was that also not a small bit in your mind?

“That was not the topic and the purpose of that conversation, but I admit: it was also not excluded. It was an exploratory chat about the club, the team, his vision about what was happening, the past and a piece of curiosity: What are you going to do now? But not more than that. It is normal that the clubs as possible, a trainer should change the market to explore. Of course it was not intended that that conversation bekendraakte. Looking back, we had better not be at the offices of the club.”

Hein Vanhaezebrouck is a free trainer. You have a coach, but Hein remains a love that is never lost.

‘For the time being we should not to think about it. We sit well with Jess Thorup. But I keep Hein enormous respect for what he has achieved. It remains exceptional punishment. No one is perfect – maybe could Hein that what is more difficult to admit –, but I will continue to respect and defend. I have once said Hein will again with nostalgia to think back to Ghent. I’ve been with him personally all about that judgment spoken. What he then said will remain between us.”

When was that?

“October, I believe. I keep him very appreciate, and have the intention to soon agree with Hein to lunch.’

How is the feeling with Thorup after three months of work?

‘It is all good: both of his football vision, training methods and human approach. We are at Jess released after a journey in Belgium and abroad, including France. We had six runs, and in Denmark, in person, where we have more than one vacancy. Yes, Kasper Hjulmand (recently in the picture was at Anderlecht, eds.). Through my company, Hudson I have a first check done. Then we have someone locally sent to talk with him and eventually we have a very long conversation had at my home. Our choice is on Jess cases because of the fit with the club, his potential for players to make better and the fact that the process has to be a champion. We are still sitting together with the coach. Yes, often in a restaurant. That our ex-coach Bob Peeters that has been portrayed as a Burgundian dinner party, I find outrageous. That is natrappen. I will continue to defend because we are so in an informal atmosphere, stay in touch with what the coach needs to better function. A major challenge is to deal with our role in the cup against a hypergemotiveerd Ostend, and at the same time focused for Play-off 1 fight. I have a lot of confidence in Jess Thorup, he challenge good will address.’

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