René Hake is definitely the new trainer of FC Utrecht. De Drent, who has performed the honors since the departure of John van den Brom at the beginning of November, signs a contract for 1.5 years in the Dom city.
FC Utrecht promoted 49-year-old Hake from Young FC Utrecht to the main squad on 6 November after it became clear that trainer John van den Brom would move to KRC Genk in Belgium. Despite the fact that the Domstedelingen only won one of the nine games under Hake, he has convinced the club management enough for a permanent appointment.
“We have used the past period to give Hake the opportunity, together with the staff, to implement his vision and approach in the first selection,” said technical director Jordy Zuidam. “We see a clear line, especially in the team spirit and character of the team. The results in the form of points have not been satisfactory in the past period, but we have confidence that this will come soon.”
Hake is happy to gain the confidence of the club management. “In recent months we have been working hard to improve the game in its broadest form. We have to take the next step in this, to also attract matches in the form of three points. January 3, working hard again and I am convinced that it will come soon. “
Major shareholder Frans van Seumeren said against last Sunday prior to FC Utrecht-AZ (2-2) ESPN that there is a “good chance” that Hake would be definitively appointed as head coach. The names of Mark van Bommel and Wesley Sneijder also sounded in the corridors as a trainers duo, but Van Seumeren had “not thought about it at all”.
René Hake was the trainer of FC Twente for more than two seasons.
Hake was already a trainer at FC Twente
Hake started his coaching career in 2010 at FC Emmen, which at the time played in the Eerste Divisie. He left for PEC Zwolle in 2012, where he was assistant coach for three seasons. At his next club FC Twente, he was put forward as interim trainer in August 2015 after the resignation of Alfred Schreuder.
Under Hake, the Tukkers finished in thirteenth and seventh place, after which he got his congé in his third year in November due to disappointing results. Later that season, the club was relegated to the Eerste Divisie. Hake then worked at SC Cambuur. Since the summer of 2019 he has been trainer of the promises of FC Utrecht, which play in the Kitchen Champion Division.
FC Utrecht is still going through a disappointing season. The Domstedelingen, who aspire to attack the top three of the Eredivisie, closed the calendar year in tenth place. In the KNVB cup, the club, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this year, was eliminated in the second round by Ajax (5-4).
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