Frustration on the coast: Oostende fans demand action in protest against American owners

As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, Oostende fans protested outside the club’s training ground. Banners were held aloft the translated into some demanding that PMG, the majority shareholders, should leave the club. Others from local supporters group 031 demanded more investment in the team to bring quality. The supporters group referenced the fate of French side Nancy, also owned by PMG, who were relegated to the French third tier last season.

Oostende are on their second manager of the season, with Dominik Thalhammer taking over from Yves Vanderhaeghe. Despite a 3-1 win in their first game under the former LASK and Cercle Brugge manager, the side have lost four games in a row. To make matters worse, two of these have been against fellow relegation strugglers Seraing and Mechelen.

The side have brought in Antwerp’s Pierre Dwomoh and former Cracovia defender Matej Rodin. Neither signing seems to have done enough to convince the fanbase however, who are demanding more action before the window closes in a hope to beat the drop.

Oostende are currently 16th, occupying the final relegation spot. They are a pot away from Kortrijk, but also just a point above Zulte Waregem.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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