Tom Van Imschoot opts for a new challenge after three years at the Lisp: “My best-before date is gradually approaching”

Soccer Challenger Pro League Lierse Kempenzonen

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The post-competition in the Challenger Pro League will be Tom Van Imschoot’s last dance as head coach of Lierse Kempenzonen. The 41-year-old trainer informed the board yesterday that he will not renew his expiring contract at the Lisp. “I especially wanted to clarify: the club can now work on a future without me.”

“A well-considered decision.” That is what Van Imschoot calls his imminent departure in Lier. “I had a very nice time here. But three seasons seems to me in today’s society, in which people like to see change, about the maximum. Just look at Belgian professional football: I will be one of the trainers who has been with his current club the longest. So it is time for something different.”

“The fact that I am now announcing my decision is mainly a form of respect towards Lierse. The club can now work on the future without me. Players who are out of contract know that I will not be at the helm next season. It was important to me to create clarity. With a free weekend ahead, this was the perfect timing.”

No alternative yet

Where his future lies, is still unclear to Van Imschoot today. “I don’t have an alternative myself yet,” he says. “I let it come to me. I had three wonderful years in Lommel, followed by a failed adventure as an assistant at Genk. In the past three seasons, together with the group at Lierse, I once again managed to realize the ambitions. We will see where those statistics lead.”

Three years ago, Tom Van Imschoot had to get to work with Lierse Kempenzonen head over heels in 1B, after the club was fished out of amateur football. Sportingly, it became a poisoned gift, with a squad that was tailored to the highest amateur class. The coach got a hand in the sporting policy and a year later Lierse Kempenzonen maintained itself in 1B without any problems. This season the ambition was to reach the Promotion play-offs. An objective that was achieved last weekend in Lommel. But this is not the end point for Tom Van Imschoot. “Together with the entire group, we want to end this beautiful story in beauty. Naturally, ten points behind (on unfortunately RWDM, red.) become difficult to play a significant role in the title fight. But above all we want to look at ourselves. That means: winning as many matches as possible to get a nice final ranking and playing the executioner in the title fight. The motivation is very great to achieve that.” (you)

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