Mario Been has taken the decision to resign as the head coach of Feyenoord with immediate effect.
RTV Rijnmond reports that the tactician's decision came after 20 out of 23 players voted against retaining the Dutchman. Sporting director Martin van Geel informed Been of the outcome of the players' vote early on Wednesday morning, and the 47-year-old has decided to leave his post.
"I'm absolutely devastated," reacted Been to Voetbal International.
Been was appointed in charge at Feyenoord in the summer of 2009 and guided the Rotterdam side to fourth spot in his first season at De Kuip.
However, he failed to maintain that standard last season, and his side suffered a humiliating 10-0 defeat at the hands of rivals PSV on the way to 10th position in the Eredivisie table.
Feyenoord never stopped supporting Been though and Van Geel is shocked with the recent events.
"This is a very unpleasant surprise for us. This whole situation is quite regrettable. We never received any signals that the team no longer supported the coach," the sporting director commented during a press conference.
"We haven't thought about a replacement just yet. There simply hasn't been any time. The most important thing now is to get through this eventful week."
Leon Vlemmings, Patrick Lodewijks and Giovanni van Bronckhorst will take charge of the first team until Feyenoord have found a permanent solution.