Feyenoord director Jan de Jong has backed under-pressure coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst and stated the club want to emulate Arsenal’s policy with Arsene Wenger.

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Van Bronckhorst delivered the Eredivisie title to Rotterdam last season but this campaign has been much more difficult. Feyenoord currently sit fifth in the Eredivisie and 22 points behind leaders PSV, while the club were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages.

However, speaking to AD, Jan de Jong shut down any claims that Van Bronckhorst’s job is in jeopardy. He wants the club to emulate Arsenal and appoint a coach for long term.

He said, “We at Feyenoord simply have full confidence in Van Bronckhorst. His functioning is no problem at this time. As a person and as a trainer, we are really satisfied with him.

“It is easy to say that Van Bronckhorst is not a good trainer because he loses matches. That’s not how we look at Feyenoord. That is the difference between acting to the issues of the day or expressing confidence in the trainer. We stand behind our trainer. The latter is also very much the merit of Martin van Geel.

“It is not a vision for eternity, do not get me wrong. But we want to be a club, like for example Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. That policy is a good example. Of course we did not get enough points, but Feyenoord wants to be a club that wants to work longer with a trainer because we do not believe that a trainer change delivers something. ”

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