|Date of birth||29 September 1958|
|Place of birth||Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands|
|PEC Zwolle (manager)|
|2000–2002||BVO Emmen (assistant)|
|2012||Standard de Liège|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Ron Jans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔn ˈjɑns], born 29 September 1958 in Zwolle, Overijssel) is football manager and a former Dutch association football player in the role of striker. Jans has been the new manager of PEC Zwolle since July 2013.
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.
On 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.
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. 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. On 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. He led Heerenveen to direct UEFA Europa League qualification by the end of the season.
- PEC Zwolle
- PEC Zwolle
- "Been, Jans en Beenhakker als NOS-analitici" (in Dutch). Het Parool. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
- "Jans to end long Groningen reign". UEFA.com. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- Ron Jans named as new boss of Heerenveen – Europe – ESPN Soccernet
- "Ron Jans weg bij Heerenveen" [Ron Jans leaves Heerenveen] (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad.
- "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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