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Date posted: 11-05-2023 16:52:00

Dick Advocaat has no special feelings for his last home game with ADO Den Haag. “Why would I be emotional? I’m not looking forward to it and I’m not dreading it either.’

Dick Advocaat, ADO The Haguetext: Fabian van der Poll

Lawyer joined Thursday for his press conference in the run-up to the match against FC Dordrecht. There is nothing more at stake for his team in that match. Last Monday, ADO lost its last chance to participate in the play-offs.

The trainer replaced Dirk Kuijt just before the winter break. The result was that he said he had to work with a group of players that he himself had no influence on. “You know the names of players, not the quality. You come in the middle of a season and have to work with a group of players that is not yours. That is sometimes annoying. Nevertheless, we as staff had the feeling that we would make it with this group. But that didn’t happen. Very disappointing.’

After next Friday’s away game against Jong AZ, Lawyer’s work at ADO is over. When asked if he’s going to miss it, he said, “There must be things I miss. Yes, okay, although you still feel good physically. But at some point it’s time to say goodbye.’

The fact that he is sitting on the bench in the ADO stadium for the last time on Friday does not affect him much. ‘Maybe it would have been different if we had played in the Zuiderpark. I played there myself. I never played football here. I will also come back here from time to time. Every match? Certainly not every match.’

Lawyer said last Monday that it was time for ADO’s American shareholders to provide clarity to the players. ‘You no longer hear or see the policymakers in America, Spain and England. As a player you want to know: will I get a contract, will I not get a contract? They are waiting for that.’

“I have nothing to add to that,” said the coach on Thursday. “It still stands.”


Last Wednesday there was also uncertainty about the appointment of the new general manager. The AD reported that Marcus Keane would succeed departing director Edwin Reijntjes. Later this message had to be reversed, because employees of the club had been told that it would not be and that the shareholders would go for another option.

“I don’t understand that soap,” said Advocaat. Or journalists did their homework wrong. Or someone leaked wrong.’ However, he emphasized that this is also a result of remote control. Directors of ADO must be present daily, says Advocaat. ‘People who come from the sports world. Whether it’s an ad or td. You have to appoint the right people, who have experience.’

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