Arne Slot

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Arne Slot
Arne Slot as Feyenoord head coach in 2023
Personal information
Full name Arend Martijn Slot
Date of birth (1978-09-17) 17 September 1978 (age 45)
Place of birth Bergentheim, Netherlands
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Feyenoord (head coach)
Youth career
VV Bergentheim
FC Zwolle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 FC Zwolle 164 (50)
2002–2007 NAC Breda 142 (21)
2007–2010 Sparta Rotterdam 54 (6)
2009–2010FC Zwolle (loan) 28 (7)
2010–2013 PEC Zwolle 74 (16)
Total 462 (100)
Managerial career
2019–2020 AZ
2021– Feyenoord
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Arend Martijn Slot (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑrnə ˈslɔt]; born 17 September 1978) is a Dutch professional football coach and former player who is the head coach of Feyenoord. He was previously manager of AZ Alkmaar. In his current role, he led Feyenoord to the 2022 UEFA Europa Conference League final and the 2022-23 Eredivisie title.

Playing career[edit]

Slot played as an attacking midfielder for PEC Zwolle, NAC Breda, and Sparta Rotterdam. According to teammate Edwin de Graaf, he was "not so fast".[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing in 2013 at PEC Zwolle, Slot moved onto the club's staff, working as a youth coach for a year, before being appointed as an assistant coach at Cambuur.

On October 15, 2016, he became interim coach together with Sipke Hulshoff in Leeuwarden after head coach Rob Maas was fired.[2]

AZ[edit]

In 2017, Slot left Cambuur to join AZ, working as an assistant to John van den Brom. He succeeded Van den Brom as head coach in 2019.[3] In his first season in charge, the Eredivisie was cancelled midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AZ finished second behind Ajax on goal difference, although no title was awarded for the season.

On 5 December 2020 he was sacked as head coach of AZ for not being focused on the team, having recently negotiated a deal with Feyenoord. In his time at AZ, Slot earned 2.11 points per game in the Eredivisie, the highest of any coach in the club's history.[4]

Feyenoord[edit]

On 15 December 2020, Feyenoord announced that the club had reached a deal with Slot for him to become the club's new coach from the start of the 2021–22 season. The deal would see Slot sign for two years, with Feyenoord having the option to extend his contract for a third year. Slot succeeded the experienced Dick Advocaat, who led the team to a fifth place in the Eredivisie and qualification to the UEFA Conference League Qualifiers. Slot was appointed to build a new team with a recognisable playing style. Marino Pusic (first assistant coach) and Robin van Persie (field coach) were added to his staff, while John de Wolf was retained as second assistant coach.

During Slot's first season, Feyenoord finished third in the Eredivisie, behind Ajax and PSV. The club also reached the final of the inaugural Europa Conference League, their first European final since 2002.[5] Slot was awarded the Rinus Michels Award for the Eredivisie Manager of the Year.[6][7]

In Slot's second season as coach, Feyenoord won the league, the club's first league title since 2017 and sixteenth in the club's history.[8] In May 2023, Slot was heavily linked with the vacant managers job at Tottenham Hotspur. By the end of the month, Slot announced he would be remaining with Feyenoord and extended his contract to mid-2026.[9][10][11]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 7 April 2024
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From Until Record Ref.
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
AZ Alkmaar Netherlands 1 July 2019 5 December 2020 58 32 16 10 118 52 +66 055.17 [12]
Feyenoord Netherlands 1 July 2021 Present 144 92 29 23 327 147 +180 063.89
Total 202 124 45 33 445 199 +246 061.39

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Zwolle

Manager[edit]

Feyenoord

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Nick (14 May 2023). "Arne Slot – a champion with Feyenoord and a manager coveted by the Premier League". The Athletic. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Cambuur ontslaat Rob Maas". AD.nl (in Dutch). 15 October 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Assistent Slot komend seizoen nieuwe hoofdtrainer AZ". NU.nl (in Dutch). 10 December 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ "AZ neemt per direct afscheid van Slot". az.nl (in Dutch). 5 December 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Feyenoord na 20 jaar terug in Europese finale • Roma tegenstander op 25 mei in Tirana" [Feyenoord back in a European final after 20 years • Roma opponent on May 25 in Tirana] (in Dutch). 6 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Rinus Michels Award for Arne Slot". Feyenoord. 26 June 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Slot onderscheiden met Rinus Michels Award, oeuvreprijs voor Van Marwijk". nos.nl (in Dutch). 26 June 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Feyenoord verslaat Go Ahead en is na zes jaar weer kampioen van Nederland" [Feyenoord beats Go Ahead and is champions of the Netherlands after six years] (in Dutch). 14 May 2023. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Arne Slot blijft bij Feyenoord: 'Mijn wens is door te bouwen op de basis die afgelopen seizoenen is gelegd'" [Arne Slot stays at Feyenoord: ‘My wish is to continue building on the foundation which has been laid during previous seasons’] (in Dutch). 25 May 2023. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Arne Slot: Feyenoord head coach staying with Dutch club amid links to Tottenham". 26 May 2023. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  11. ^ "Arne Slot legt uit waarom hij een nieuw contract tekent bij Feyenoord" [Arne Slot explains why he signs a new contract at Feyenoord] (in Dutch). 26 May 2023. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  12. ^ "AZ Alkmaar: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  13. ^ Honeyman, Sam (25 May 2022). "Roma 1–0 Feyenoord: Zaniolo strike wins the first Europa Conference League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Slot trainer van het jaar in Eredivisie na Europese successen met Feyenoord". NU (in Dutch). 26 June 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Arne Slot wint Rinus Michels Award opnieuw, Dick Schreuder beste trainer Keuken Kampioen Divisie" [Arne Slot once again wins the Rinus Michels Award, Dick Schreuder best coach of the Keuken Kampioen Divisie] (in Dutch). 26 June 2023. Retrieved 26 June 2023.

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