The Belgian first division Arc Genk has used a new coach directly before the decisive European League home game against Rapid. The Hungarian ex-team boss Bernd Stock takes over the club after a sporty descent. The 58-year-old German enters the succession of the Dutchman John van den From, from which the Belgians had separated on Monday after seven competitive games without victory.
Over the past few days, Interimistic Glen Riddersholm and Domenico Olivier had passed training. On Thursday (21.00 clock) against Rapid, however, Stock is already standing at the sideline. We want to win the game, set a new sign, emphasized the former Borussia Dortmund defender on Wednesday after his first unit as a Genk coach. We want to leave this negative run behind us.
Genk currently only in place
The Belgian Cup winner lies after 17 rounds only on the eighth table spot. The claims of the vice-champion are completely different. We have incredibly a lot of individual class, we just have to put it in the place as a team, said Stock, who had already looked after Royal Mouscron (2018/19) and Circle Bruges (2019/20) in Belgium.
Most recently, Stock worked until April 2021 at the Slovak First division Tunguska Spread. With the Slovaks he went in the previous year in the Europa League qualification at the LAST with 0: 7 under. At Austria, Stock also has good memories. With Hungary, he landed a 2-0 job victory against the OF team at the European Championship in Bordeaux and moved subsequently surprisingly into the secondary final.
His fire baptism in Genk is a lot on the game. With a victory against Rapid, the Belgians could still reach two third place in London defeat from Dynamo Zagreb in London against West Ham and thus the Europa League intermediate round. At a point win against the Hütteldorfer one would still change to the Conference League as the third, a defeat would mean the European Cup.
Also Rapid with a new coach
We have an important task ahead of us. We want to progress that's clear, Stock said, but warned against Rapid: You also have a new coach, a new system. Ferdinand Feldhofer has already changed some tactical elements in the Viennese Derby against Austria (1: 1). They were very good, very disciplined, Stock said. You also know that you have to win the game. That will be a difficult task.
The preparation time was short. Stock arrived only on Tuesday evening in Genk, on Wednesday he introduced himself to the team. The German did not want to push into the favorite role — even if he is practically available to him, in contrast to Feldhofer the entire squad. The game is open. Rapid have good possibilities. You also have incredibly good young talents inside.