17 October 2016
van Hooijdok: van Bronckhorst Still Has A Lot Of Work To Do
Former Feyenoord and Holland striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has told Eredivisie.nl that Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst still has a lot of work to do at De Kuip this season if Feyenoord were going to have a successful season. The comments come after talk of a potential title charge for Feyenoord this season was cut short as a result of a 2-0 defeat away at current champions PSV Eindhoven on Saturday, which came just days after second tier side MVV Maastricht were able to come back from 2-0 against van Bronckhorst’s side. van Hooijdonk, who was capped 46 times by his country, said he believes that his former side were capable of challenging for silverware this year but that they would need to improve as the season wore on if they were going to be in serious contention come the end of the season.
”For me, Giovanni has made a good start this season in following up the work he started last year. But their appears to just be that little bit of spark missing from their play, that little bit of fluidity that saw them be such a danger in front of goal at times last year and they need to get that back,” the former forward turned coach told Eredivisie.nl, ”they’ve not scored enough goals so far this season for me and not put teams away when they’ve been dominating. If they continue at this rate, then come the end of the season I fear that they will be figured out and teams will pick them off instead and the points they have been collecting will slowly dry up.”
As it stands, Feyenoord still occupy a higher place in the Eredivisie table despite their first defeat of the season, with PSV’s win over van Bronckhorst’s men ending Philipp Cocu’s men’s poor run of form. Meanwhile in the capital, Ajax have also got off to a sluggish start and van Hooijdonk has stated that he hopes that if the sluggish form of Ajax and PSV continues that Feyenoord are able to capitalise.
”PSV and Ajax both haven’t started in the all guns blazing way that perhaps you would expect and I really hope that Feyenoord can really take advantage of that. They’re desperate for a first Eredivisie title since 1999, and if in Eindhoven and Amsterdam they continue to struggle, I really hope Giovanni can inspire his team to go on and lift that title.”