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Dutch Football Manager Faced With Ultimate Conundrum In Relegation Play-Off

Dutch Football Manager Faced With Ultimate Conundrum In Relegation Play-Off
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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You can't help but feel for the lad. While Ajax's exploits in Europe have no doubt been the story of Dutch football so far this season, events at the other end of the table have thrown up one of the most bizarre situations we have ever seen.

De Graafschap will take on Cambuur in the second leg of their Everdivisie relegation play-off this weekend, with the losers condemned to the second tier Eerste Divisie for next season. De Graafschap will be hoping to retain their top flight status, while Cambuur are aiming for promotion.

The tie is finely balanced at 1-1 after the first leg, ensuring ultimate tension for this weekend's fixture. Not a strange scenario in itself, until you consider one of the managers set to be on the sideline.

De Graafschap manager Henk de Jong is set to leave the club at the end of the season, and he has already announced where his next job will be. Can you guess where it is?


Yes, de Jong is set to take over at Cambuur.

His current and future club will face off in what will be a massive game for both sides, and we can only imagine how awkward it must be for the 54-year old.

There will be one of two outcomes: either he will help De Graafschap avoid relegation and condemn himself and Cambuur to the Eerste Divisie for next season, or his current side will be relegated and he will enjoy Everdivisie football next campaign.


He told Dutch outlet AD that despite the circumstances, he still has a job to do at his current club:

I am a sportsman and do not want to get relegated. 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.

We don't envy him anyway.

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