Feyenoord revamp, ‘big bald leader’ is out

Rotterdam football club Feyenoord, at the centre of an UEFA inquiry after fans went on the rampage in France last week, is to revamp its organisational structure and bring in a new, less powerful, chairman.

A special committee under the leadership of former club president Gerard Kerkum recommends that the current three-man supervisory board, including its powerful chairman Jorien van den Herik (pictured), be replaced.
In its place will come a new five-man supervisory board and a ‘more transparent structure’. Fans will also have a greater say in the running of the club, Kerkum told NOS tv.
The Telegraaf reports that Van den Herik, known as the ‘big bald leader’ by fans, has agreed to go.
The shake up, NOS says, will help satisfy fans who have blamed Van den Herik for the club’s poor performance and debts of €16m.
Van den Herik, who has been boss at Feyenoord for 15 years, is expected to announce his departure at the club’s AGM on December 11, Kerkum said.
On Friday, UEFA is expected to announce what sanctions it will impose on the Rotterdam club following last week’s riots. Feyenoord is currently fifth in the Dutch premier league.

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