replaces Versleijen at Al-Jazira
07 Feb 2003
Our thanks to Mohamed S. CHBARO Chief Editor at http://www.middleeastfootball.com for the story). ABU DHABI, Feb. 7: Dutchman Jan Versleijen saw the recent poor run of Al-Jazira in the domestic league cost him as the capital outfit appointed fellow countryman Piet Hamberg
as the new manager late Thursday night.Versleijen was impressive in turning Al-Jazira into a force to be reckoned with in the United Arab Emirates last season, steering them to second place in the table, behind champions Al-Ain, in his
first-ever season as a club coach.The side were defeated 3-1 by Al-Wahda in their latest league outing on Wednesday, a negative result pushing them down to 6th spot in the table on 20 points, trailing pace-setters Al-Wahda by a massive 13-point mark.
"This being said, we will provide Mr. Hamberg
with all the necessary help in order to enhance the club chances of attaining better results in the remainder of the league championship," he
, 49, who remained tight-lipped after the official signing, played at FC Groningen (youth) and went professional at NEC Nijmegen in 1972 where he
played till 1974.His
next clubs were Wageningen 1974-76 and FCUtrecht 1976-78, before he
moved to Swiss outfit Servette Geneve, playing his
club football till 1980.Ajax got interested in this versatile player and signed him at the start of the 1980/81 season, where he
played till 1983.Piet was a youth trainer with the Amsterdammers between 1983 till 1990, where he saw all the talents-of-the-day from Bergkamp and Davids to Kluivert and Van der Sar.
In the summer of 1995 he
moved back to the Swiss mountains to become a member of the coaching staff at Grasshopper-Club Zurich
(till December 1996).In the summer of 1997 he became national coach of the Youth Team of Saudi Arabia (till the summer of 1999), before joining Libyan side Al-Ahly Benghazi from July 1999 till December 1999.