Ron Jans

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Ron Jans
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-09-29) 29 September 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands
Playing position Striker
Youth career
RKSV Zwolle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1983 PEC Zwolle 157 (44)
1982–1984 FC Groningen 63 (16)
1984–1987 Roda JC 99 (10)
1987–1988 Mazda Motors 16 (1)
1988–1991 BV Veendam 54 (5)
Total 389 (76)
Teams managed
1991–1993 SJS Stadskanaal
1993–1996 ACV
1996–2000 Achilles 1894
2000–2002 BVO Emmen (assistant)
2002–2010 FC Groningen
2010–2012 SC Heerenveen
2012 Standard Liège
2013–2017 PEC Zwolle
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ron Jans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔn ˈjɑns], born 29 September 1958) is a Dutch football manager and a former player in the role of Striker. Jans has last been the manager of PEC Zwolle.

Coaching career[edit]


As of match played 2 November 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Groningen October 2002 June 2010 300 120 63 117 040.00
Heerenveen June 2010 June 2012 75 33 21 21 044.00
Standard Liège July 2012 June 2014 12 5 1 6 041.67
Zwolle November 2014 Present 159 62 35 62 038.99
Total 546 220 120 206 040.29

FC Groningen[edit]

Born in Zwolle, Overijssel, Ron Jans joined FC Groningen on 2002, and was the longest-serving head coach in the whole Eredivisie, being instrumental in the club's recent successes, including two consecutive UEFA Cup qualifications in 2005 and 2006. During his time at Groningen, Jans was known for his witty comments during press conferences and his positive attitude towards the press. He was formerly active as a German language teacher. He also appeared regularly in the Dutch television channel Nederland 3 as a UEFA Champions League analyst for the 2009–10 season.[1]

In November 2009 he announced he will leave FC Groningen at the end of the 2009–10 season, after eight years in charge of the club, citing his desire for a new experience as the main reason behind his choice.[2]

SC Heerenveen[edit]

In February 2010 SC Heerenveen officials have agreed terms with Groningen coach for next season, the 51-year-old will join his new club at the end of the season to replace Jan de Jonge.[3] The move was quite a controversy as SC Heerenveen and FC Groningen are great rivals in the Dutch Eredivisie. Ron Jans was seen as a Groningen FC ace and the supporters did not think much of his step to the rivals. After the news came out, the fans showed a banner saying, "You never knew how to replace someone." With this message they showed their dislike of the move of the manager on the one hand and sneered at how he sometimes substituted players that hardly made any sense.

Jans' first season in charge of Heerenveen was mostly considered as disappointing, as he only managed to achieve an unimpressive twelfth place in the league table and was also criticized due to a number of controversial choices. His second season turned out however to be much better, thanks to his ability to get the most out of forwards Bas Dost, Luciano Narsingh, and Oussama Assaidi and drive the team into the battle for the league title by April 2012. In January 2012, it was revealed Ron Jans would depart from Heerenveen by the end of the season, with former Dutch superstar player Marco van Basten taking over from him.[4] He led Heerenveen to direct UEFA Europa League qualification by the end of the season.

Standard Liège[edit]

He signed to Standard Liège on 29 May 2012,[5] but agreed with the club to end his contract on 22 October after Standard was at that time 12th in the Belgian Pro League.

PEC Zwolle[edit]

Jans joined PEC Zwolle in 2013. In his first season, he won the KNVB Cup after beating AFC Ajax 5-1 in the final. In the 2014-15 season he led PEC Zwolle to the cup final once again and also winning the Johan Cruijff Schaal.


  1. ^ "Been, Jans en Beenhakker als NOS-analitici" (in Dutch). Het Parool. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Jans to end long Groningen reign". 12 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  3. ^ Ron Jans named as new boss of Heerenveen – Europe – ESPN Soccernet
  4. ^ "Ron Jans weg bij Heerenveen" [Ron Jans leaves Heerenveen] (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad.
  5. ^ "Ron Jans aan de slag bij Belgische topclub Standard Luik" [Ron Jans hired by Belgian top club Standard Liège] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.

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