Eredivisie Coach of the Season 2010-11

Goal.com name our top three coaches from the Eredivisie in 2010-11 and declare our winner. Have your say below...
The 2010-11 campaign was not the best of seasons for some of Netherlands' more renowned coaches. Martin Jol failed to get things going at Ajax and threw in the towel in December, while both Fred Rutten and Mario Been seriously underperformed as well with PSV and Feyenoord respectively.

Of course, the aforementioned big names were not the only coaches who were unable to make much of an impact in the Eredivisie and Vitesse's Albert Ferrer and Willem II tactician Gert Heerkes (fired after his club's relegation) did not exactly steer their teams in the right direction.

The failure of Jol at Ajax gave young tactician Frank de Boer the chance to prove his worth and the former defender has since impressed at the Amsterdam ArenA with his attractive tactics. De Boer was not the only positive surprise this year though as young coaches like Pieter Huistra (Groningen) and John van den Brom (ADO Den Haag) also showed a lot of promise.

Furthermore, men like Gertjan Verbeek and Michel Preud'homme started new jobs at AZ and Twente respectively and they both did excellent jobs.

Below are Goal.com's three nominees for Eredivisie Coach of the Season in alphabetical order. We then cast our vote at the bottom before leaving it up to you, the readers, to have your say.

1. FRANK DE BOER | Ajax

Wins/Draws/Losses: 13/2/2
Goals For/Against: 36/13
Achievements: 1st, Ere

The appointment of De Boer as the replacement of Martin Jol after his departure in December 2010 came as a bit of a surprise for some, but the young tactician has proven to be the right choice for the Amsterdam giants.

Ajax were beaten in only two Eredivisie games with De Boer in charge and the former Netherlands international's highlight arrived on matchday 34 when he guided the Godenzonen to their first Eredivisie title since 2004.

De Boer was never afraid to give a young player the chance to prove his worth and his attacking style of play perfectly matches the Ajax philosophy. 


2. MICHEL PREUD'HOMME | Twente

Wins/Draws/Losses: 22/7/5
Goals For/Against: 65/34
Achievements: 2nd, Ere

Preud'homme faced the near-impossible task to replace Steve McClaren in Enschede as the English coach left Twente after helping them to Eredivisie glory in 2009-10, and expectations were rather high in the Grolsch Veste.

The former Gent coach was bothered little by this though and has done a great job to help the Tukkers to yet another successful season.

Missing out on the league title on matchday 34 was naturally a huge blow, but Preud'homme has every reason to be proud with his performances as he steered Twente to KNVB Beker glory, Champions League qualification and the quarter-finals of the Europa League.


3. GERTJAN VERBEEK | AZ
Wins/Draws/Losses: 17/8/9
Goals For/Against: 55/44
Achievements: 4th, Ere

Verbeek earned himself a move to AZ with his good record at Heracles last term and many wondered whether he would be able to help the Alkmaar side to success.

The 48-year-old proved his critics wrong with his excellent work for the 2008-09 champions this year as AZ finished fourth in the table to book their ticket for the Europa League.

What makes Verbeek's performance even more impressive is that he lost star players Mounir el Hamdaoui and Moussa Dembele, while Dutch internationals such as David Mendes da Silva and Kew Jaliens left the club as well.


GOAL.COM'S EREDIVISIE COACH OF THE SEASON
- Michel Preud'homme  -
In five words:

Passionate, studious, ambitious, motivator, amiable

Season highlight:

Preud'homme's highlight was the KNVB Beker final as Twente fought back after falling behind 2-0 to beat Ajax 3-2. Qualifying for Champions League football was another great moment for the Belgian.

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