Dienstag, 22.10.2013

Nürnberg unveil Gertjan Verbeek as new manager

Gertjan Verbeek is the new FCN manager. His assistant will be Raymond Libregts. The pair’s first training session is on Tuesday afternoon.

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Dutchman Gertjan Verbeek has taken over the manager’s role at 1. FC Nürnberg. He signed a contract on Tuesday that runs until June 30th 2015. The 51-year-old coach’s last post was at AZ Alkmaar between 2010 and 2013, who he took to the Europa League for three consecutive seasons and won the cup with in 2013.

“When you have observed a club and team over a long period of time, a job profile develops that you take into every conversation with a potential manager. After extensive talks with Gertjan Verbeek, we concluded that he is an interesting manager for 1. FC Nürnberg in both an immediate sense and with a view to the future. We both agreed to take on this challenge together,” explained FCN chairman Martin Bader.

“Thoroughly convinced by his willingness and more”

“If you know anything about the Dutch league, you will know that Gertjan worked there very successfully,” summed up Bader. Even during his active playing career, in which he made 28 Eredivisie appearances, Verbeek worked as a youth coach at FC Emmen (1986-1993) and an assistant manager at SC Heerenveen (1993-2001), before taking the full time manager’s position, a job he had between 2004 and 2008. Since then he has also taken charge at Feyenoord (2008-2009) and Heracles Almelo (2009-2010).

Born in Deventer, Verbeek was a player at SC Heerenveen from 1984 to 1986 and from 1987 to 1994, with one year in between spent at Heracles Almelo. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work both with 1. FC Nürnberg and in the Bundesliga,” said Gertjan Verbeek, who will get to know the club and his surroundings as soon as possible. He added: “It’s an exciting task.”

First training session

Verbeek’s assistant will be Raymond Libregts (48). His previous work was as the youth manager at PSV Eindhoven (2011-2012) and the assistant manager at SC Heerenveen (2010-2011) and FC Groningen (2005-2010). He spent his playing days in the Netherlands, making 104 Eredivisie appearances (3 goals).

Gertjan Verbeek’s official unveiling as Nürnberg manager was at Tuesday lunchtime. He will take training together with his assistant for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.