Sjors Ultee warns ‘nice guys don’t win matches’ and questions Cambuur’s spirit

Cambuur head coach Sjors Ultee was left seething after his side lost convincingly to relegation rivals FC Volendam, he told Voetbal International.

The 35-year-old head coach watched on as Volendam leaped-frogged over his side off the bottom of the Eredivisie table, which is where Ultee finds himself in.

The former FC Twente assistant manager did not mince his words after the match when asked about his opinion on his side’s display after extending their losing streak to six league matches.

He said: “That we gave it away ourselves, that was my biggest irritation.

“During the preparation, the team showed a lot of energy and fighting spirit, they were active. I thought we were passive against Volendam. We endured it, let it happen, took the victim role instead of picking up the gauntlet.”

“Making mistakes is allowed, things can always go wrong, but with your chest forward. The fact that we didn’t do that against Volendam is my biggest reproach towards the team. They need to learn to handle pressure. 

Playing football is not that difficult, but performing when it is necessary is. At such times you should not become silent or let your shoulders sag. That’s not unwillingness, it’s just a super nice group of players, but nice guys don’t win competitions or prizes. Yes, maybe a fair play cup.”

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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