Feyenoord is out of the Europa League and with performances on the pitch dwindling with Arne Slot waiting in the wings, will Dick Advocaat remain in charge of the club for much longer?

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Big changes are coming in Rotterdam in the next few months. Over the past few weeks, Dick Advocaat has announced he will retire in the summer, while it is now clear that Arne Slot will be his replacement after he was sacked by AZ Alkmaar for holding talks with Frank Arnesen.

There has also been news this week that American investors are planning to boost Feyenoord’s budget, with an injection of over €100 million speculated in the Dutch media. An exciting future is coming to Feyenoord as they look to challenge Ajax and PSV at the top.

On the pitch, though, things are not going too well at the moment with Feyenoord looking lifeless in their five games, while on Thursday they were horrendous in the 1-0 defeat to Wolfsberger AC which saw them exit the Europa League.

Before the game, Advocaat was clearly not a happy man and took a pop at the club’s board when telling RTL that Feyenoord is not a top club, “Now I have to think about which answer I am going to give. I have to think about that. You are a top club if you can buy the players you want to buy. Then you are a top club, like Ajax.”

Advocaat is clearly not happy with the squad that he has in front of him in his final campaign as a head coach, and the performance against Wolfsberger AC proved he was right. Mark Diemers and Bryan Linssen, two players that Advocaat pushed for do not look good enough for a club of this level, while Nicolai Jorgensen is a striker completely shot of any confidence whatsoever.

However, Advocaat did very little to go out and get a win in Austria, not making a single change until after 70 minutes. That despite the fact Feyenoord didn’t have a single shot on target until late on.

Does Advocaat even care anymore?

Well, after the game, Advocaat stated he was not going to quit as long as he still feels the support of his players, telling Fox Sports, “If I no longer had faith or the players no longer had faith in me, I would stop.

“The coming weeks will show whether we can turn it around. I have that confidence, because we get players back who belong in the first team. If I no longer have the confidence, then I will stop. You have to be that honest. Also. when players no longer have faith in me but I don’t have that feeling.”

This weekend, Feyenoord travel to VVV-Venlo looking for their first win in five games. Anything other than three points, however, could spell the end for Advocaat.

Coming into the winter break, Arnesen and Advocaat may decide that enough is enough and with Slot waiting, an early exit is seemingly unavoidable at the moment.

Feyenoord’s players can prove they want Advocaat to stay with a big performance this weekend. It remains to be seen whether they are actually capable of it. The only boost for the club is the return of fitness of Leroy Fer and Luis Sinisterra, who will be key if the club are going to have a good second half to the campaign.

A title challenge and a cup run is all they have to play for now, but will it be Advocaat or Slot who is tasked with taking the club forward after the winter break?

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