Wesley Sneijder set to meet with UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin in search of an alternate way to get his coaching badges after the Holland legend DROPPED OUT of Dutch FA’s course because he wanted to do ‘less field training’
- Wesley Sneijder previously worked with the Dutch federation to get his badges
- But he didn’t feel the program was right for him and dropped out of it
- Now, he’s seeking a different way to advance his managerial career
- And he’s hoping Aleksander Ceferin can help him devise an alternate plan
Wesley Sneijder wants to become a coach – but on his own terms, after dropping out of the Dutch football federation’s course he said did not ‘suit’ him.
And the Holland football legend will be meeting with UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin next week in Switzerland in the hopes that an alternate route into management can be drawn up through another country’s football federation.
‘I want to see if he can arrange something,’ he told Dutch TV show Veronica Offside.
Wesley Sneijder is the all time leader in caps for Holland with 134 appearances for his country
Sneijder, who retired in 2019 after a final stint with Qatari side Al-Gharafa SC, evidently did not take to the Dutch coaching courses but denies he is simply trying to get his badges without learning.
‘I’ve often read that, but it’s not true,’ he said. I want more guidance in managing players.
‘I asked that at the KNVB. I wanted to do less field training. They couldn’t offer that to me. I still thought: let me join top trainers in the Netherlands, then I can see everything and experience it up close. That didn’t work, so I stopped.’
Sneijder is set to meet with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin about his coaching future
‘I also know that I am not a trainer now, I want to become one,’ he told RTL7 as well. ‘But in the way that I think it suits me.’
While Sneijder has work to do to become a manager, his former coach Dick Advocaat sees potential in him.
The three-time Holland manager appeared on Veronica Offside alongside Sneijder and shared his belief that Holland’s all-time leader in caps (134) could thrive as a coach where he never ventured as a player.
Dick Advocaat, seen here with Feyenoord, is currently the manager of ADO Den Haag
‘Will I see a coach in Wesley? Yes, completely. We were talking about it before the broadcast. I really think he would be a good manager,’ he said.
‘In England he could really do great. There you can take your staff and Wesley really knows what his qualities are. The whole world knows him, he speaks his languages, he knows the world and he is a record international for the Oranje.
‘That is quite something. I firmly believe that he could do well in England, also because he really has a strong opinion. It is, in the good sense of the word, also a game with people. He is good at that.’
Sneijder also suggested he sees himself as a man-manager.
Sneijder was honored with a farewell game vs. Peru in 2018 in his last appearance for Holland
‘It is also the most fun thing to do: keep a whole group happy. You know you can only field eleven, but you’re dealing with 23, 24 players. That’s the game Dick is referring to,’ he said.
‘Tackling one differently than the other: that’s the game you have to play. My preference at the moment is also more about managing.’
Though Sneijder is looking beyond the Dutch federation to secure his coaching badges, he’s not ruling out reaching a compromise with his home nation.
His ex-teammate Nigel de Jong is now the technical director of the KNVB, and discussions have taken place between him and Sneijder about a possible amended course.
‘I have played with Nigel all my life,’ Sneijder said.
‘Of course I have spoken to him about it. He will take that with him.