The 72-year-old played a mentor’s role to Rene Meulensteen earlier in his career and it is on the latter’s request that Suurbier joined the Blasters’ camp.
“He was an observer and suggested a few things as and when required. We will invite him for one of the home matches this season,” informed a Kerala Blasters official.
Suurbier (Standing fourth from right)
For those unaware, Suurbier was part of the legendary Ajax FC team which was coached by Rinus Michels, one of the finest proponents of Total Football.
At Ajax, he won three European Cups and seven Eredivisie titles. He was part of the Netherlands team which twice finished runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup.
Here is what he had to say about Kerala Blasters' pre-season: