AZ has dismissed trainer Pascal Jansen. Maarten Martens, who was already assistant coach in Alkmaar, will do the honors until the end of the season. The 39-year-old Belgian, who won the national championship with AZ as a player in 2009, has managed Jong AZ for the past two seasons.
The 50-year-old Jansen reacted with disappointment to the dismissal. “I have been around the football world long enough that I know this could be part of it,” he said via the club’s website. “It is of course very unfortunate and disappointing, because I was very competitive to successfully complete the season with AZ. Despite this disappointment, I am proud of my period at the club and the opportunities I have had here.”
Jansen was still an assistant at AZ when he took over from Arne Slot in December 2020, who was sent away after it became clear that he had had discussions about a transfer with Feyenoord.
Jansen’s appointment was initially for the rest of the season, but in April 2021 he signed a contract until the summer of 2023. In March 2023, that contract was extended until mid-2025.
Under Jansen, AZ finished third (2021), fifth (2022) and fourth (2023). This season the team started well, but in the last weeks before the winter break things started to deteriorate with defeats against Feyenoord, NEC and PSV and draws at Excelsior and FC Utrecht.
After the recent defeat in Enschede, the Alkmaarders found themselves back in fourth place, four points behind FC Twente and six from Feyenoord.
AZ also suffered a major setback at European level. The team was eliminated from the Conference League in a group that had offered a lot of perspective beforehand. Last season, AZ reached the semi-finals of that tournament.
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