Speaking at his first press conference since being named as the new Feyenoord head coach, Dick Advocaat blamed the players for the deparute of Jaap Stam.

The 72-year-old was confirmed as the new Feyenoord boss on Wednesday after Jaap Stam decided to stand down with the club sitting 12th.

Advocaat told his press conference that he did not believe the players were behind Stam in recent weeks, “I blamed the players’ group this morning.

“They were all behind Jaap Stam, but I didn’t see that. If they had really been behind Jaap Stam, he would have been the trainer now. Then they would probably have shown something more.”

Advocaat is aiming to guide Feyenoord to a European spot, “Feyenoord has a selection that can run at the top. The most important thing is that we get European football. And continue in the Europa League. That is realistic.

“There must be more struggle and experience in the game of Feyenoord. It is a fairly quiet group and I’m trying to change that, that’s a process. “

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