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Johan Boskamp arrives at the Britannia Stadium with a long CV of managerial experience. He’s managed one of Europe’s biggest clubs, Anderlecht, and has changed the fortunes of minnows such as RC Genk and Lierse working on a tight budget.
If he’s that good, why’s he joining a Championship club?
Boskamp has been out of the public eye somewhat, having managed out in the lucrative sands of the Middle East.
Before that he managed Georgian side Dinamo Tblisi, which led to him taking charge of the national team for their Euro 2000 qualifiers.
Ok, so what else is interesting about him?
Well, he used to be a pretty nifty player too. He played for Dutch side Feyenoord, as well as Molenbeek in Belgium, where he was voted as ‘Best Player’ in 1975.
At the time of course, Belgian and Dutch sides regularly appeared in European finals and had far stronger domestic leagues than they do today…
The high point of his career was probably representing Holland at the 1978 World Cup finals. He made one substitute appearance, against Scotland in the final group game, replacing the legendary Johan Neeskens.
Is he bringing over his own staff?
Yes, and he’s a Dutchman too. Jan de Koning is his name and he’s got a decent CV too.
Yep, he was an Ajax player in the same side as Ruud Krol and Co. and when a certain Johnny Rep took his place, he continued his playing career in Belgium with Lokeren and Cercle Brugge, which is where he came across Johan Boskamp.
Ah I see…
When he hung up his boots, he went on to become an Ajax youth team coach. He helped groom players of the calibre of Rafael Van der Vaart and Wesley Snijder, who have both represented the national side.
A short spell in the Gulf later, and de Koning was on a plane to Stoke-on-Trent to join the Potters as assistant manager!
Great… so it’s a good time to go Dutch?
Well Dutch clubs are doing pretty well at the moment, with PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar making excellent progress in Europe. Perhaps this will rub off on Stoke?
Want to hear what the big players have to say, including the man himself Johan Boskamp? Well click the links in the top right hand corner of the page for all the audio! (You will need Realplayer)