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.