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Brugge Manager Facing Sack After Four Successive Defeats

9:36 am, Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Club Brugge manager Georges Leekens is facing the sack according to reports in Belgium, as the 63 year-old experienced manager, who has had 20 management appointments since starting his coaching career at Cercle Brugge in 1984, including two stints managing the Belgium National team, has suffered four successive defeats at Brugge.

George Leekens – going through rough spell at Club Brugge

Brugge lost 3-2 to Lierse on Wednesday night, which is now their fourth consecutive defeat, and that includes Newcastle’s 1-0 win at St James’ Park last week, which was a close game.

Leekens joined the club only last summer, after leaving his post as the Belgium National team manager, and a defeat on Sunday against Waregem at home,  could signal the end of the road for the Club Brugge manager, and in that case they could be without a manager when we travel to Belgium next Thursday night for another Europa League Group D game.

And the real news is that Leekens seems to be losing the dressing room, with a percentage of  his players seemingly unimpressed with his (old fashioned) training methods.

Dutch star Ryan Donk tweeted after their last defeat the following:

“The defending has been a shambles. I am sorry for all our supporters. I feel it as well because I am emotional about this club.”

A win next Thursday night at Brugge would see Newcastle mathematically qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League, and we would have 10 points from our first four games in group D.

We hope Brugge can win their next game, because all managers and clubs go through some rough spells during the season, and the players cannot really separate themselves from the criticism – they are the ones on the field playing for the club.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Newcastle News



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tequilamag // Nov 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Some of our fans want Pards sacked after 3 defeats in 15.

  • 2 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Nov 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Some of our fans are massive idiots though tequila :)

  • 3 Blaydon-Toon // Nov 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Most of our fans are realistic about how far we have come in a short space of time and then there is the odd few who would not be happy if we won the double – We played shite football Ashley is a cu@t Pardew has not got a clue blah blah

  • 4 jesperfuglsang // Nov 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Guys that is what makes up the world – both idiots and sane people are need ;-)

  • 5 tequilamag // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Good morning Jesp, big weekend coming up. If Ba is unfit seems likely we will be going 433. Feeling positive about the performance?

  • 6 jesperfuglsang // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I could also argue on this blog that some strive to become better and others just advocate complacency!

  • 7 tequilamag // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Jesp I would argue that nobody is complacement,. This blog is full of passionate arguments. Being prepared to give Pardew the benefit of the doubt should not be confused with not caring what happens.

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Good morning…

    Tequila…Good shout on the not mixing of Meds and Champagne.

    Tsunki…Was that Debuchy song set to Shipoopi? If so, regardless of talent, we need him signed.

    Jesper…Come on now, name and shame, don’t be a fence sitter.

  • 9 tequilamag // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Top of the morning to you Ibiza. To be honest it`s not always advice I have followed in the past.

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Tequila…I didn’t say it was fun advice, just a good a shout :)

  • 11 tequilamag // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Got to leave you boys to it. Got to see a man about a dog, though not the same one as Ians. My little Lola has scratched her eye chasing a squirrel through bramble. Off to the vet.

  • 12 Munster Mag // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Morning gents. Are we on the veranda in Ibiza mate, with a ice black coffee.

  • 13 ck1978 // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    There was a young lad playing for Club Brugge who I thought looked a hell of a talent! He was called Maxime Lestienne and I wouldn’t mind us putting a cheeky bid in for him as he had bags of skill and pace. Still only 20 years old too. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about this kid in the future.

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Tequila…Well good luck and have to say top name, love a drop of Lola. Have a good one.

    Munster….No good sir, Margaritas on the South terrace today :) AKA Sat in the office with a now coldish cup of coffee. Nice little debate you had going on last night.

  • 15 Munster Mag // Nov 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Yes, it was a fair chat and some good points made by the guy I was chatting with too. Jan will tell us a lot, but I’m quite hopeful to be honest.




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