De Graafschap Manager Is In A Relegation Play-Off Against Cambuur
In a rare and crazy scenario in Netherlands, De Graafschap’s manager Henk de Jong finds himself in a lose-lose situation.
After his De Graafschap side finished in 17th place in the Eredivisie, his team are in the middle of a relegation semi-final play-off against Cambuur from the second tier of Dutch football.
But incredibly, he has already signed a deal to take over from Cambuur as boss next season and will therefore his team’s next opponents are his next employers.
Whoever wins will be playing in the top flight next season and it’s one of the most mad, awkward situations in recent memory.
The first leg has already been played and finished 1-1 but De Jong is an unusual dilemma where losing the second leg on Wednesday is better for him because then he will be managing in the Eredivisie – whereas a defeat means he will be in charge of Cambuur in the Eerste Divisie.
However, the man himself will be professional and go about his business as usual before he moves onto his new club.
“I am a sportsman and do not want to get relegated,” the 54-year old told Dutch news outlet AD.
“There is also nobody in Leeuwarden who expects me to help them now. I am a trainer at De Graafschap. I haven’t had any contact with any of the Cambuur players yet.”
The closest thing we have come to this situation in recent times was last season when Niko Kovac guided Eintracht Frankfurt to their first trophy in 30 year at the expense of Bayern Munich, who had already signed him up as their new manager.