Robert Maaskant is set for his Eredivisie comeback. Maaskant, who turns 46 next Saturday, will be announced as new NAC Breda boss on Friday before heading off to Spain with the relegation candidates’ squad to prepare for the tough battle that lies ahead after the winter break.

  • By Nick van Ruiven


The deal is not yet fully completed but general director Justin Goetzee told Voetbal International that he expects the deal to be done by Friday morning after Maaskant has cancelled his current contract with MLS club Columbus Crew.

Maaskant will be assisted by current caretaker boss Eric Hellemons and former NAC  player Rob Penders.

NAC Breda will be Maaskant’s first job back in The Netherlands since the 2012-13 when he was in charge of FC Gronngen. Things did not quite work well for the Schiedam-born. Two jobs abroad (Belarusian side Dinamo Minsk and as mentioned above, Columbus Crew) were also short-lived.

Besides Maaskant, NAC are also still hopeful of striking a deal with former Feyenoord and PEC Zwolle striker Guyon Fernandez. The 28-year-old was released by Feyenoord in the summer and has already seen a potential to La Liga side Real Valladolid fall through and could  be NAC’s second playing signing after Dirk Marcellis joined on a free transfer earlier this week.

With Maaskant, Macellis and potentially Fernandez on board NAC shoul be better prepared for the survival battle that awaits the Breda side in the second half of the campaign. Should NAC however fail to stay up it will end their fifteen year stint in the top flight of Dutch football.


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