Kemper: ‘This club quickly deserves clarity’

For FC Den Haag, the match against Jong AZ (0-2) was mainly about saying goodbye, a disastrous year and each other. From now on you can look to the future.

In the players’ tunnel of the AFAS Training Complex in Wijdewormer, Boy Kemper seized his chance after the game. While the music boomed through the speakers in the background, he grabbed Dick Advocaat and tried to get the 75-year-old Hagenaar to dance. Advocaat did not agree, but was able to laugh about it and said goodbye to his captain with a grin on his face. ‘I’ll keep following you boy’, was Advocaat’s fatherly message.

Moments earlier, the Hague trainer had already, on the advice of assistant Said Bakkati, maneuvered himself towards the Hague supporters and hugged them. It was like the whole evening went for practically everyone at the Hague club. The match visiting Jong AZ, which was no longer about anything, felt like a farewell to many. There is no more training and today only the farewell drink of the selection is on the program.


Then the holiday starts, after which it will all look very different at the Hague club. Because of the players and employees who walked around Wijdewormer in FCDH clothing yesterday, it is expected that only a small part will also represent the club from The Hague next season. Trainer Dick Advocaat is leaving, his assistants John Metgod and Bakkati probably also. Edwin Reijntjes was not there at his last match as director.

That is why a dinner was already held on Thursday in the center of The Hague, where the staff and director Reijntjes said goodbye to each other. It is also expected that there will be a significant exodus in terms of players. The contracts of no less than fifteen players are expiring and players such as Gregor Breinburg, Luuk Koopmans and Joël Zwarts are considered to be minimally likely to be under contract in The Hague next season.

Kemper also leaves the Hague club after this season in principle, he says. ,,I received an offer earlier this season, but it was not enough and I turned it down. After that I haven’t heard from FCDH so at this point it looks like I’m leaving. That does something to me. In the three years at the club I have become a Volendam Hagenees. The club and supporters mean a lot to me.”

Fresh start

Despite all the saying goodbye, there will also be relief among the selection from The Hague that the disaster year is now over and we can look to the future. Players who struggled with themselves this season can start again, in The Hague or at another club. And a fresh start awaits FCDH, which should start next week. Then football advisor Ignacio Beristain will be in The Hague and more will follow about the crucial positions towards next season.

Natascha van Grinsven would be an important candidate for the position of general manager and the name of Joris Mathijsen is mentioned as technical director. For the time being, owner Bolt is still keeping his jaws tight. But it is clear that FCDH can finally build again from next week. In view of all the matters that need to be addressed before the start of the new season at the end of June – from extending contracts to setting up a scouting – this is also essential.

Kemper himself will most likely never see it again. “I am still willing to talk, if there is clarity later. I hope for FCDH that it will be there soon and that it will be possible to look to the future, with or without me. This club deserves that.”

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