Zulte Waregem fires coach Mbaye Leye: U23 coach Frederik D’Hollander takes over, Davy de Fauw back as assistant

Mbaye Leye is victimized after the 2-6 defeat against AA Gent last Sunday. Leye had to passively watch how his players swallowed six goals and then realized that his team had an almost impossible task ahead of him.

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The balance under Leye looks dramatic: 23 out of 87. Only five wins, eight draws and sixteen defeats. A goal difference of -28, with 67 goals against the worst student in the class.

Until recently, the board of Zulte Waregem always maintained that the coach was not up for discussion, but now the dismissal has come. It is the second time in his early career that Leye has been fired. Last season he was sent off after ten match days at Standard.

© Peter Malaise

Essevee explains: “Seize every opportunity for an extended stay”

“Fortitude and determination are in the DNA of SV Zulte Waregem,” it says in a statement on the club website. “The fact that Leye is replaced after all has everything to do with the fact that the club wants to seize every opportunity for an extended stay in 1A. “The board took various initiatives that were intended to give the group confidence and sharpen it at the same time. The players and the club stood behind their trainer until the last moment, who again showed himself as a real club man in recent months. Essevee thanks Mbaye Leye and assistant Patrick Asselman for their enormous effort that they showed day and night. But the expected results did not come.”

D’Hollander and De Fauw

Club icons Frederik D’Hollander and Davy De Fauw are given the tough assignment to keep Zulte Waregem in 1A. This season, D’Hollander coached Jong Essevee in the Second National and is now making the move to the first team. De Fauw becomes his assistant. He had been unemployed since the end of last season when he kept the club in first division with Timmy Simons but was nevertheless replaced by Mbaye Leye and co.

Frederik D’Hollander. — © VDB

“Frederik D’Hollander will now initially be given the task of preparing Saturday’s match against Standard De Liège”, Essevee continues. “Essevee icon D’Hollander knows Belgian football through and through, he is familiar with the Essevee squad and has a second Essevee icon in Davy De Fauw who already has experience at the highest level. With their arrival and the recovery of a few strong players, Essevee continues to believe that it will also play in 1A next season.”

Waiting for Shaper

Essevee still has five matches left. Five chances to avoid impending relegation. Talisman Ruud Vormer – who was brought in together with Christian Brüls in January, but suffered a collarbone fracture after six games – can only be thrown into the fight after the international break at the earliest.


Zulte Waregem is currently in penultimate place, with one point less than KV Oostende and four points behind KV Kortrijk and KAS Eupen.

Leye is the twelfth coach who has to leave this season in the Jupiler Pro League. Karim Belhocine (Kortrijk), Dominik Thalhammer (Cercle Brugge), Danny Buijs (KV Mechelen), Edward Still (Charleroi), Bernd Storck (Eupen), Felice Mazzu (Anderlecht), José Jeunechamps (Seraing), Yves Vanderhaeghe ( Ostend), Adnan Custovic (Kortrijk), Carl Hoefkens and Scott Parker (both Club Brugge) are gone at their club.

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