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Mats Kool | Football Koolture

Started on 25 July 2019 by Jim / First Post
Latest Reply on 15 August 2019 by Justice / Last Post
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I'm excited to see where Mats goes to next. He'll certainly have his suitors!

Mats Kool Appointed as Oud-Heverlee Leuven Manager






Oud-Heverlee Leuven are delighted to announce the appointment of Mats Kool as the new first team manager. He will replace Vincent Euvrard, who was relieved by the club due to his disappointing performances last season. Along with Mats, Arthur Kool will be joining the club as a first team coach.

Kool has signed a contract with the club which will keep him here until June 2020 and he is to earn €11.250 p/w. Kool has past experience with Racing FC Union Luxembourg, a club which he managed during the 2018-2019 season. He won the country's Cup competition, while also managing to finish 2nd in the league. Kool joins the club just a week after his contract with Racing-Union ran out.

Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished a disappointing 4th place last season and the club is looking to change that with Kool's appointment. Mats has been known to play a possession attacking football, averaging an impressive 57% possession last season with Racing-Union, while also averaging 15 chances per game.



Some of Kool's highlights from his first press conference: I cannot wait to start managing this ambitious club. I am here in order to push for something greater than what we think is possible. I am incredibly glad to be given this opportunity and I'll work my hardest to ensure that we always give out our 100%.

I am really excited to meet the players so we can start working for the season up ahead. Together, we'll push the club to the next level and I'm ready to say that I believe that in 2 years at most, we'll have been promoted to the Jupiler Pro League (1st division).

I know about the club's finances. I know we are not the richest club in the world but that doesn't mean we can't be good. Football isn't all about spending money. When I was young, my father, who is standing in the corner there, once told me that "Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts did." See, we weren't a rich family. We struggled financially. But look where we are now. I say that this is success. Don't get me wrong, when we do have money available, I will spend it. But money is not always the solution, especially in football. Look at some rich teams. They always buy some of the best players but cannot win the Champions League. Why? Because they don't have time to bond. Every season their roster changes. So yeah, our empty pockets will not hold us back.

I think we have a pretty good squad at the moment. There are a lot of quality players here and I can promise that almost everyone will get a chance. We are lacking depth in a few areas, but signings will be made. I am not looking to spend any money though, as the finances are bad as it is.




Oud-Heverlee Leuven have a rather busy pre-season ahead playing 6 games, all at home. All teams were a choice of the newly appointed manager and consist of the likes of Anderlecht, Club Brugge and even RB Leipzig. According to Kool, all of these matches were arranged in order to boost the club's finances. Of course, the last pre-season game is against Premier League club Leicester City, the senior affiliate of OHL. Both clubs are owned by Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who perished at the uinfortunate helicopter crash in Leicester on October 27, 2018.

Comment Replies

Scott: Welcome to Belgium mate. ;)
Seb: Just a week after his contract run out, he's back. :D
Justice: Had offers from English and German clubs, but I wanted something different, so here we are in Belgium's 2nd division!
OHL have a lot of potential about them and no doubt Kool will be extremely driven after the unjust departure from Racing-Union. This is a new team to read about and I for one am really excited for it!
A fantastic step-up for Kool, finding himself a bit closer to home as well. OH Leuven is a side with potential to get themselves to the Pro League and I think Kool is just the right man to get that
Good luck with Leuven, Mats! They have a close relationship with Leicester as mentioned in the post which will be of real use if utilised to its maximum potential.
A massive step forward for Mats Kool, good luck in Belgium!
Well, i think that this job is proof enough that Racing were wrong to let Mats go. A big step up, hopefully Mats will continue his success!

Club Overview


Basic Info

Full Name: Oud-Heverlee Leuven
Nickname: OHL (Not the Hockey League @Justice ;) )
Status: Professional
Founded: 1958
Competition: Proximus League (2nd Division)
Home Kit Color: White
Away Kit Color: Black

Facilities

Stadium: Den Dreef (King Power Stadium)
Capacity: 10.019 (8.378 seated)
Surface: Grass
Season Ticket Holders: 5.653

Training Facilities: Basic
Youth Facilities: Good

Honours

Proximus League (1), Derde Klasse A (2), Vierde Klasse of Bevordering of Promotie D (1), Provinciaal Brabant (1)

Records

Most League Appearances: Björn Ruytinx (252)
Most League Goals: Björn Ruytinx (80)

OHL Take Advantage Of Partnership With Leicester




OHL would like to announce the signings of Alex Pascanu and George Thomas on loan from Leicester City.


George Thomas was born on 24 March 1997 in Leicester. He started his footballing career as a kid in the youth academies of Coventry City. Climbing up the ranks, he made his professional debut for the club on 28 January 2014 against Leyton Orient, a match which Coventry lost 2-0. On October 2015, he joined Yeovil Town on a one month loan, making 5 appearances whilst not managing to score. His first goal for Coventry City came against Wycombe Wanderers on November 2016, in an EFL Trophy fixture. That same season, Coventry City won the EFL Trophy with Thomas managing to score the winning goal in the final against Oxford United. George signed for current club Leicester City on August 2017, failing to make a senior appearance so far. Thomas also climbed up the ranks in international football. He played for U17, U19, U20 and U21 Wales before receiving his senior call up in May 2018. He made his senior debut in a friendly against Mexico, replacing Harry Wilson at the 64th minute. So far he has 10 senior caps scoring 1 goal. Thomas will be wearing the number 9 for the 2019-2020 season.

"I am really excited to start working at OHL. Leicester have of course sent me here in order to develop as a player and that is exactly what I intend to do. Since it's my first time abroad, I know it's gonna be a weird season. But what matters is that I intend to give my 100 percent for the club whenever I play. I am looking forward to playing in the Den Dreef in front of the supporters." said George.




Alex Pașcanu was born in Bârlad, Romania on September 28 1998. He grew up in Bogdănești before emigrating with his family to England, where he spent the rest of his childhood. Pașcanu's career started all the way back in 2007 in Leicester's youth academies. Until now, he has failed to make a senior appearance for the club but is a starter for the club's U23 squad, also managing to win the Leicester City U23 Player of the Season award during the 2016-17 season. Pașcanu hasn't made a senior international appearance until now, but he has been capped 17 times for the U21 squad, managing to score 2 goals. Pascanu will be wearing the number 5 during the 2019-2020 season.

"Really excited to start working this season. I think OHL is a club that has underperformed for way too long and I believe that this squad has the ability to turn it around. I am ready to help the club whenever I am needed and I will always give my best. I am glad that I am here with George (Thomas), he's a friend of mine and even though we play at very different positions, I think we can link up very well on the pitch. I am also excited to play in front of the supporters who I have been told by the club's captain, David (Hubert), that they are great." said Alex.


Comment Replies

Jack: I agree! New club means new adventures and I'm happy you're on board! :D
Syb: Thanks a lot mate. I agree that Kool is the right man and he's gonna prove it this time around.
Scott: Yes, their relationship can surely be beneficial if used correctly!
Seb: He'll prove the racist prick wrong. You'll see. ;)
Two very good signings! Using the partnership the club has with Leicester is a very smart move from Mats and hopefully it will continue to benefit the club in the future.
Glad to see the affiliation is being used already. OHL have the ability to establish themselves as a top-flight club again under Mats management.
Two very promising players, Thomas in particular. They will be important players for OHL this season.

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