Football: PSV sack van Bommel, saying team's decline this season 'not worthy of PSV'

PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel was fired on Dec 16, 2019.
PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel was fired on Dec 16, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

AMSTERDAM (AP) - PSV Eindhoven fired coach Mark van Bommel on Monday (Dec 16), saying the team's decline this season was "not worthy of PSV".

The announcement came the morning after PSV lost 3-1 to Feyenoord to leave the Eindhoven club in fourth place in the Dutch league, 10 points adrift of Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.

As a player, van Bommel won titles in four countries including four Dutch league titles with PSV and the Champions League with Barcelona.

But he was unable to translate those highlights into success as a coach of the club where he rose to fame.

"We all did everything we could to turn the tide. Unfortunately, it didn't work," club director Toon Gerbrands.

PSV did not immediately appoint a successor.