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Heracles hopes for a big turnaround, but you don’t get the Fritz Korbach effect just like that

Under the extremely flamboyant and idiosyncratic Korbach, self-confidence returned and Volendam remained unbeaten for no less than fifteen games. In the end, the club finished sixth, equaling the best performance in club history. The following season, the effect had worn off and Korbach left before the winter break.

Jan van Staa caused a similar revival in the 2005/2006 season at FC Twente. He succeeded trainer Rini Coolen when Twente was in the lower regions, took 20 points from his first 8 matches and eventually even qualified for European football with Twente. In Twente, therefore, people still like to talk about the Jan van Staa effect.

Maurice Steijn effect

But then the last ten years. Which trainer had the greatest positive effect in recent history? The top-3 is led by Maurice Steijn, who took over the baton at Sparta early when Henk Fraser resigned last month.

Fraser was angry that the club’s management wanted to replace assistant coach Aleksandar Rankovic in order to, yes, “create a shock effect”. That effect came about, in a different way. Under Steijn, in four matches they won three times and drawn once and Sparta managed to avoid relegation in a sensational way.

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