Monsieur Bölöni, welcome to our home. We’ve had contacts for a while now. I have been trying to have you with us for a few years now. But I have never succeeded until now. “
With this declaration, President Ivan De Witte welcomed Laszlo Bölöni to the Buffalos family. “We are one family, we are Buffalo”, obviously says the club’s slogan.
The former Standard and Antwerp coach (whom he left last May) succeeds Jess Thorup, who had been dismissed just hours before. After only two days of the championship, the Dane paid with his post the disappointing start to the Ghent campaign (0 out of 6 in the Pro League). “I know there will be questions like ‘Why now ?’ . But I don’t want to dig too deep into the past. There are elements of the internal kitchen and I hope it stays that way “, De Witte confided during the press conference to introduce the new coach. But the president still wanted to “thank” Thorup.
“Hello, my name is Laszlo Bölöni.” If the Romanian began with a sense of humor, he then let his seriousness show through to explain his choice. “Belgium is my second country and La Gantoise is a top club here. I will remain classic (in my answer): in a top club which has such ambitions and which still wants to grow, you assume a great responsibility (in as a coach). And I’ll be happy if we manage to take a step forward together. “
Will the faithful of the Ghelamco Arena, to whom the club announced fireworks for this season, see their idols take an organized approach with Bölöni in charge? “I know it’s great when a new coach promises a show. But everything I’ve ever accomplished in my life has happened because of the hard work, the seriousness and the sacrifices I’ve made. It has to be reflected. on the pitch too. And if I can do it in a flamboyant way, then so much the better. But in my opinion, the show and the results go hand in hand “, argued Bölöni.
Chance of the calendar is also doing things well since the first match of the new coach will be against Antwerp (Saturday at 8:45 p.m.), his former employer. “It’s not a gift. It’s special, but we are professionals. I will do anything to win. I must also take a Covid-19 test. If the results are negative, I will take a seat on the bench. “