Jean-Paul de Jong is the first managerial casualty of the Eredivisie season with Utrecht confirming his dismissal on Tuesday morning. 

Utrecht chairman Frans van Seumeren told the Utrecht website, “During the evaluation this summer, the chemistry and communication with players and staff was still not optimal, and Jean-Paul set up the staff differently, but unfortunately this did not have the desired result, the progression is not in line with our sporting ambitions. ”

Director of football affairs Jordy Zuidam added, “This decision has taken the lead of FC Utrecht with pain in the heart, especially because everyone at FC Utrecht greatly appreciates the person Jean-Paul de Jong is, and for his enthusiasm and his love of the club.

“FC Utrecht is extremely grateful to him and wishes Jean-Paul is very successful in his future career. ”

De Jong took charge of Utrecht last season after Erik ten Hag departed for Ajax. The club finished in fifth but missed out on Europe. So far this season, Utrecht sit 11th after one win in four games.

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