Before the playoff...
The first Hot Seat
season is comming to an end, and only two managers manage to get a job including David Beckham
who was sacked by is first team but manage to join an other one two weeks later.
, was the first manager to get a job, joining Sparta
in Jupiler League and as the club was a favourite for promotion (predicted 2nd), he was under through the whole season making it only one time to the top 5. However he manage to secure a playoff spot
for his club at the end of the season, and will fighting for promtion over the next few weeks.
The former England international legend, Beckham, got a job in the upper division at Heracles Almelo
, but he didn't manage to make his mark with the team and was sacked in February with only 3 wins.
Nontheless, FC Zwolle
anounced the next week that they sacked their manager, and the chairman made of the former Man United and Real Madrid player his target to replace Ron Jans. Beckham will join Zwolle, not manage to win a game and the team will finish 17th
in the Eredivise...just behind Heracles!
Now, Zwolle are going to play the relegation playoff
and they could meet Case's Sparta on the way.
How are the Dutch promotion and relegation playoff held?
Firstly, the Jupiler League
is divided in 4 periods of eight matches
. The top team through all of these periods gain a playoff second round spot
, or direct promotion
if they finished first
of the global season. The four best placed teams
in the Jupiler League who didn't win one of these five place are through to the playoff first round
In the playoff first round, teams are drawn together for home and away games, the two winner joins the four periods winners, but also Eredivise 16th and 17th placed
for the Second Round. The team who finished 18th
in Eredivise is directly relegated
So we have height teams
for the second round, and four winners who will be drawn together for the third and last round
. Once again it's a direct knockout round, and the two winners will be playing 2013-2014 Eredivise
First round teams: Sparta
- FC Eindhoven - MVV - Almere City
Second Round teams : Two first round winners - Zwolle - Heracles -
De Graafschap - VVV - FC Emmen - Volendam
Third Round : Four second round winners