Maaskant ready for Eredivisie fight

Robert Maaskant is hoping he can save Go Ahead Eagles from relegation having taken over at the bottom-placed Eredivisie side this week.

The 48-year-old, who has been installed as head coach until the end of the season, takes over from Hans de Koning after he was relieved of his duties, with the club four points adrift of safety after 27 matches.

Speaking after his appointment, the man who will reportedly make way for Pepijn Lijnders next season, said he is hopeful of turning the club's season around.

The former NAC Breda and Groningen boss, who managed the Deventer side in 2003, told NOS: "This is an interim position for me until the end of the season. 

"In recent years I have invested a lot of time in the business world and respective policies and I want to keep doing that in the future.

”I hope that together with Go Ahead Eagles that we can stay in contention to stay up until the last day of the season and then go on to avoid relegation. If we can achieve that then it will be a case of job done for me.

”I was asked to take the reigns here and I am more than happy to do it. I know that it will not be easy but I m looking forward to the challenge."

He added: "On Monday I will meet with the squad for the first time. I am also looking forward to the forthcoming fixtures against amongst others the teams fighting for the title and we will try to get something out of all the remaining games will play.

Maaskant was unable to stop NAC from being relegated last season before being dismissed in October.

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