Union SG put Club Brugge to the bone in the title fight last season, but in the end the people of Brussels had to give in to the West Flemings. Union was closed in the hearts of the Belgian football fan. The PhD student with one of the lowest budgets of 1A, who became champion in no time. Pure football romance.
But shortly after Club Brugge won the title fight against Union, Bart Verhaeghe reacted not so sympathetically about the ‘little Union’. “I look at it differently. Especially as a businessman. And then I see that we don’t have to compete against Union, but against Brighton. A Premier League club with far more resources than us. They use Union for a specific purpose,” said the Club Brugge president at the time.
O’Loughlin, Union’s technical director, says it is a complete misconception that Union is taking advantage of the fact that their owner also owns a Premier League club. “Apparently it’s easier to drop the Brighton name than to say we’re working well,” O’Loughlin sneered. The Sunday back to Verhaeghe’s comment last season. O’Loughlin invites everyone to look into company accounts, something anyone can do in Belgium.
TWO SEPARATE CLUBS
“If you do that, you will see that we work very strictly with a low budget (15 million euros, ed.). It does allow us to build relationships with people in the Premiership and share information. Yes, we borrow players from Brighton, but Ostend and Beerschot already did that. We are two very separate clubs, we created our own data system, scout players ourselves and do a very intensive research into the person behind the player,” said O ‘Loughlin.
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