On Monday evening Antwerp manager Mark Van Bommel narrowly escaped an armed carjacker near his home. As reported by HLN, Van Bommel was about to drive into the underground parking garage where he lives, when he was ordered to get out of his car by an armed man. Van Bommel said he escaped thanks to reversing quickly. The Dutch manager said “By backing up quickly, I was able to escape. It was a bit scary, but luckily it ended well”.
Despite the incident, Van Bommel led training as normal on Tuesday and appeared to be relaxed while doing so. The side lost 3-1 to title rivals Genk at the weekend, thanks to a brace from Paul Onuachu and a hat trick of assists from Mike Tresor.
This weekend they face Charleroi, who following their 4-1 defeat at Cercle Brugge sacked their manager Ed Still. Still’s brother, Will Still, is manager of Stade Reims in France and has ruled out a return to Belgium to manage one of the three teams who are currently without a head coach.