Gertjan Verbeek spoke to Langs de Lijn En Omstreken about his wish to continue working abroad after being relieved of his duties at VfL Bochum.

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The 54-year-old had been in charge of Bochum since 2015, but was sacked earlier this summer. He stated that he was open to a return to the Netherlands or a new job abroad. He also opened up on what the Netherlands could learn from their German neighbours to improve the Eredivisie.

Verbeek said, ”I am waiting to see what happens next and I am not yet finished abroad.

”I have always said that if the opportunity is there to return to the Netherlands as a manager of even in a chairman role I would take it. The role of chairman appeals to me and that would be a nice template for the future.

”I feel that my 4 years experience managing in Germany have made me a better manager. You must also not forget the differences between the Bundesliga II and the Eredivisie. There is more money invested in the Bundesliga II and we always play in front of 40 to 50.000 supporters and the tactical demands and expectations are higher too.

”I believe the Eredivisie could learn from the quality of German football in terms of experience, fight and leadership.”

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