AFP Koen van Weel / ANP
Dutch club Alkmaar announced that it has dispensed with the services of its coach, Arne Slot, today, Saturday, after reports emerged that he would coach Feyenoord next season, despite the fact that the team had not lost this season to the domestic league.
The decision to lay off the services of Slot, 42, came a day after media reports in the Netherlands said he was a strong candidate to take over Feyenoord to succeed Dick Advocaat, 73, next season.
“The club decided to separate (from the coach) immediately. We want our coach to be focused entirely on Alkmaar,” the club’s technical director, Max Hieberts, said in a statement.
Alkmaar in his statement indicated that he spoke to Slot after the media reports and then made the dismissal decision after that.
Last season, Slot led Alkmaar to share the lead with Ajax Amsterdam before the championship was suspended due to the spread of the Corona virus, before the football season was later canceled.
Alkmaar is currently seventh in the Dutch league and has not lost in the first nine rounds of the season, but is 10 points behind leaders Ajax, who have played 10 games.
Advocaat said last week that he would not continue his current role as head of the coaching staff of Feyenoord after the end of the current season, and then local media nominated Slot to take over the job as his successor.