KV Oostende have announced that former Cercle Brugge manager Dominik Thalhammer will take over from recently sacked Yves Vanderhaeghe. Ironically, this is the second time that Thalhammer has taken over a club that was just managed by Vanderhaeghe, having done the same with Cercle Brugge during the 2021/2022 season. This also happened in the month of November.
On the clubs website, the Austrian coach said “I stand for high-intensity football where we put pressure on the opponent and give them the necessary stress in possession. I feel the potential is here to bring that football but we will have to work hard starting from today. I want to see a team on Sunday that starts with a healthy dose of guts so that the fans will immediately be behind us”.
Thalhammer’s footballing philosophy is closer to that of successful Oostende manager Alexander Blessin, who nearly guided the club into Europe in his first season in charge. Blessin left the club for Genoa during the 2021/2022 season, and was replaced by Vanderhaeghe.