Vanhaezebrouck once again sounds the alarm: “Have to invest, otherwise we can’t keep up” | Jupiler Pro League

“It will give peace to other people, but not to me. I have been sounding the alarm for a year and a half.”

Hein Vanhaezebrouck is not really delighted by the European ticket for his club. For the third year in a row, the T1 succeeds in guiding KAA Gent to Europe. That job seems to be getting more difficult for Vanhaezebrouck season after season.

“I see investments everywhere at other clubs. We do talk about it, but I’ve been here for two and a half years now… The investment doesn’t seem to come.”

“I hope they get through, otherwise we can’t go anymore,” he warns. “The rest just invest: capital increase after capital increase. They run away from us.”

“We are qualified for Europe again. That brings peace now, but that is not enough for the future…”

Vanhaezebrouck’s call is therefore clearly formulated in eight words: “There must be a capital injection in the club.”

But when it will come is another question he asks himself. “I have absolutely no idea. I don’t know if anyone will be here tomorrow, it will be another five years before anyone comes.”

“If nothing happens, you can still be asked to reach play-off I. But that will no longer work”, the T1 sees it gloomily. “Keeping things over the line won’t work. Why? Because the competition is running away from us.”

The financial troubles would bother many trainers. Nevertheless, HVH does not look despondently to the future. “My job is to get everything out of the group and to meet the expectations of the management. That means play-off I, a European ticket and a good track in Europe.”

“They know Ghent in Europe, be sure of that. We have made ourselves heard”, he ends with a positive note. “I’ve gotten too old to get discouraged easily.”

2023-05-20 22:20:09
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