News: Michel Preud'homme, Philippe Clement and Timmy Simons

Michel Preud’homme stops as coach of Club Brugge

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Michel Preud&rsquo;homme stops as coach of Club Brugge. Preud&rsquo;homme (58) coaches the Blues since September 2013 where he won the title, the Cup and the Supercup.</p>
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President&nbsp;Bart Verhaeghe: &ldquo;Michel is one of Club&#39;s biggest coaches ever. He won three&nbsp;trophies in less than four years (title, Cup and Supercup) and reached the quarter finals of the Europe League. He was elected as coach of the year twice and his team won many individual awards such as the Golden Shoe and the Player of the Year award. Michel Preud&#39;homme was the right man on the right place. Club became an absolute top club again under his guidance and we want to thank him a lot for that. Michel will always be in the hearts of our family&quot;.</p>
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Michel Preud&rsquo;homme: &ldquo;I leave Club Brugge with the best possible feeling. I obtained good results with this team and felt myself at home from day one onwards. Collaborating with my staff and the board was a pleasure and we&nbsp;can be proud on our delivered work. The President and Vincent asked me to help them in order to make Club Club again. We succeeded in that. You can see that easily: we scored 61 subsequent home games which is a Club record. Now I need rest after 40 seasons on the highest level. I would never have left this Club if I would be ten years younger. I do not yet know what my future will bring. I will first take a rest and we will see later. I want to thank the entire Club, President, CEO, staff, players, collaborators and certainly all the fans for their passionate support the past couple of years. You will certainly see me at Jan Breydel next season!&quot;</p>
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Philippe Clement leaves Club Brugge

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Philippe Clement will not extend his contract at Club. Clement (43) is part of the staff since 2011 where he was youth coach first and assistant-coach afterwards.</p>
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Vincent Mannaert: &ldquo;Philippe Clement is a real Club icon. Playing ten years for Club Brugge, being the captain, training the youth, being assistant-coach. Philippe has always worked very hard and delivered results. We need to stress his share in the progress made by Club. Some time ago Philippe already declared his ambition to become first coach somewhere and now it seems like he is going to join Waasland-Beveren. Philippe is at the start of a beautiful career as T1 and everyone at Club will keep his fingers crossed for him. Phil will always be&nbsp;part of our family and our doors will always be open for him.&quot;</p>
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Philippe Clement: &ldquo;The chapter of my life at Club Brugge has been awesome. I always felt at home here, both as player and as part of the technical staff. I feel myself ready to become first coach somewhere and I will start looking for that challenge now. I want to thank everyone at Club Brugge for my beautiful years here.&quot;</p>
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Timmy Simons stays as player but in another role

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Timmy Simons: &quot;I always said that I want to play as long as I feel myself well. The President gave me the choice: staying at Club as player or in another role. I will continue playing at Club for one more year since I feel myself too fit to stop. Nevertheless, I will not be the captain any longer&nbsp;but I&nbsp;will play an important role in the dressing rooms as mentor for the young players. During the coming year, I will evolve to another role at Club and I will share my experience with the other guys. And I will be there when the Club needs me.</p>
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