Gill Swerts left Royal Antwerp FC last summer. He became national coach of the Young Devils.
From one promising team to another. Jill Swerts exchanged the Bosuil last summer to become the successor to Jacky Mathijssen at the promises of the Red Devils.
At The Great Old he was the man who took care of discarded players such as Didier Lamkel Zé and Radja Nainggolan. “You can look at that negatively, because it is usually players who are sent away for disciplinary reasons or because the head coach no longer counts on them,” Swerts told Gazet van Antwerpen.
“Still, I tried to keep those guys motivated by tapping into their mood. Skip training every now and then, and squeeze in plenty of competition. Radja and Didier had no interest in tactical matters.”
Problems never arose. “There is also a difference between guests who train briefly or for a longer period of time. Didier was with us during every summer preparation. All he wanted was to play matches.”
Michael Frey was a different story, he still trains like an animal. “Now you mention an extreme exception. I have rarely seen someone with such a strong mindset in my entire career as a player and trainer. By the way: with all those boys who were pushed aside, including Birger Verstraete, Matheus Borges, Ivo Rodrigues, Simen Juklerod, … I was able to put together a serious team.”