Erwin Koeman announced his resignation as Feyenoord coach today, saying he felt "unable to motivate the players" for the forthcoming play-offs in the Netherlands.
The 45-year-old replaced Ruud Gullit as coach in summer 2005 and guided the club to a third-placed finish in his first season and a place in the UEFA Cup - a campaign which was to end in ignominy as the Rotterdam club were excluded from the competition following crowd disturbances at AS Nancy-Lorraine. Last weekend's 5-1 loss at SC Heerenveen saw Feyenoord end the regular season in seventh spot, though, and in a battle with FC Groningen, Roda JC and FC Utrecht to seal a return to the UEFA Cup via the play-off system.
Assistants take charge
Koeman said of Sunday's defeat: "That match was the final drop which flooded the bucket. It left me with the feeling that I wasn't able to motivate my players anymore at the full 100 per cent for the play-off match against Groningen. That means there is only one option left - to quit." Feyenoord will honour Koeman's contract, scheduled to run for two more years, until 30 June. The club have placed his assistants John Metgod and Henk Duut in temporary charge while they ponder their next move.
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