SC Cambuur says goodbye to technical director Foeke Booy after this season. The foundation board believes that a new technical director should be appointed when the club moves to a new stadium. Former player Etiënne Reijnen takes over from Booy.
Sixty-year-old Booy has been working as technical director at SC Cambuur since January 2018. At the club he served as a player from 1980 until 1984, Booy was responsible for the most successful Cambuur ever.
After the championship in the Kitchen Champion Division, the club from Leeuwarden finished ninth in the Eredivisie last season. That is the highest final score of Cambuur at the highest level ever.
Cambuur is not doing as well this year. The Frisians are the bottom of the table with nine points from sixteen games. In between, trainer Henk de Jong dropped out due to problems with his health. Since the winter break, Sjors Ultee has been ultimately responsible in Leeuwarden.
“I am sorry that this decision has been made, because I would have liked to continue at this beautiful club,” said Booy. “As for the future, I am experienced and ambitious to continue my work elsewhere in football.”
Booy was still affected by a cerebral infarction in July 2021. The former trainer of FC Utrecht and Go Ahead Eagles resumed his work in the Frisian capital six months later.
Inexperienced Reijnen succeeds Booy
Remarkably enough, the inexperienced Reijnen is Booy’s successor. The 35-year-old Zwolle native, who played 34 games for Cambuur in the 2014/2015 season, is currently Dick Schreuder’s assistant at PEC Zwolle in the Kitchen Champion Division. He has signed for four years in Friesland.
“With the new stadium approaching, we are entering the next phase as a club and that also includes a different interpretation of the technical positions,” explains chairman Ronald Spoelstra of the foundation board of Cambuur. “With Etiënne we bring in someone with new ideas, content and energy.”
Spoelstra is not surprised that Cambuur ended up with Reijnen. “Of course we still know Etiënne well from his period as a player and have closely followed his development in recent years. He has all the qualities and we are convinced that this role will suit him perfectly.”
SC Cambuur hopes to move into the new stadium on the west side of Leeuwarden between December 2023 and the spring of 2024. Initially, the club wanted to use the new accommodation at the Elfstedenhal earlier, but the completion was postponed because it did not yet have access to the electricity network. The new stadium can accommodate 15,000 spectators.