Wim Jonk has left his post at FC Volendam with the club citing ‘a difference in future visions’. It’s understood that he is the only casualty, and the coaching staff will remain in place under the new manager. Dan Heijsman is a former Dutch U21 international who retired through injury in 1998; after a long time out of football he’s taken his first job in management after gaining his coaching badges.
FC Volendam have announced that first-team manager Wim Jonk will leave the club with immediate effect. Jonk had been at the helm since April 2019 and steered the club through the Covid hit 19/20 season, where they were third before the season was voided. After a sixth place finish last season the board have decided to terminate Jonk’s contract early.
“It became clear to us over the course of last season that Wim was struggling to get his ideas across. He’s obviously very experienced and has an incredible football pedigree, and we were delighted when we were able to convince him to leave his role working with the Ajax academy to come here; however, we can’t allow the club to stagnate, and we’ve come to the decision that somebody with a new vision will be the way to take the club forward.” said Piet Kemper, the club’s Chairman.
His replacement is 44-year-old Dan Heijsman, a former Dutch U21 international who had his career cut short by a knee injury all the way back in 1998. Despite having no experience he has won over the board with his future vision, and claims to have been inspired by the ‘decline and rebirth’ the German national side went through in the early 2000’s.
“Of course, it’s my first job in management, and my first direct involvement in football in over 20 years, so for sure there is apprehension there” said Heijsman. “I believe in what I can bring to the club though; I’ve been a keen observer from the outside and sometimes that perspective can lead to new solutions.”
Heijsman’s first task will be to try and lead Volendam back to the Eredivisie for the first time since 2009, something that he believes he can do at the first time of asking: “Of course it will be tough, there are some excellent teams in this division. I think we’re in with a chance though. We have talent, and with the right work ethic we can definitely push on to a new level this season.”