KV Kortrijk in mourning after the death of house chef, emotional Glen De Boeck not present at training: “This is really hard”
9 de November, 2023
Red lantern KV Kortrijk wants to get away from last place as quickly as possible, but preparations for Sunday’s match against leader Union are going well. On Wednesday, the house chef Stefaan Vanloocke, greatly appreciated by everyone, passed away. The players were very impressed and Glen De Boeck was so devastated by the death of his cook that he decided not to give training himself.
Football is not important at KV Kortrijk at the moment. And that certainly has nothing to do with the uneasy feeling that the Veekaa is last. House chef Stefaan Vanloocke died suddenly on Wednesday after a heart attack. Coach Glen De Boeck spoke to the cook on the phone an hour before his death.
“He felt guilty because he couldn’t come and was at home with pneumonia,” said a clearly emotional De Boeck shortly before noon.
“I told him not to feel guilty about anything and advised him to go to the hospital quickly.” The cook did so too, but shortly afterwards his heart gave out.
There was great sadness in the dressing room on Thursday morning. The players and staff sat there like beaten dogs. Stefaan Vanloocke was 65 years old and from Merkem in West Flanders. He joined us last year after a long career in the commercial kitchen and built a strong bond with everyone. The players loved him and the chef was recently honored. Vanloocke could not only cook very well, he also had his heart in the right place. Until it suddenly refused to continue tapping on Wednesday.
“This really hits hard,” said Glen De Boeck with tears in his eyes. “It is the first time in my career that someone from my staff has been taken away so suddenly and it really hurts. I had only known Stefaan for six weeks, but we clicked immediately. That also rarely happens, but that man was so punctual, good and professional that the respect was enormous. I’m having a really bad day and was so impressed that I didn’t even change or do any training. I left everything to the players and just went to have a look and that was it.”
Soap around the coats
But De Boeck also realizes that the switch must be turned quickly and that from Friday the focus must return to the match against Union.
“I had and have a plan in my head on how we should tackle Union. This has now been somewhat delayed due to Stefaan’s death, but from Friday we really have to work on it. Union is in top form, but no team is unbeatable, including Union. “
The fact that Kortrijk is in last place again since Westerlo’s victory against OHL does not deter De Boek from his balance.
“As far as I’m concerned, we are in the last seven places. I assume that seven teams will decide among themselves who will not end up in the last four. We have now achieved a series of 7 out of 15 and that is a favorable omen. But we are aware that we will need a few more heats to stay away from those last four places.”
De Boeck did not yet know which jacket he will wear on Sunday. The whole soap annoys him immensely.
“I think it’s too ridiculous for words. Do people really have nothing better to do? Apparently some people find that fun, but why? Is it difficult for people that Glen De Boeck is back and is doing well with Kortrijk with 7 out of 15? Are people jealous? It all started with my assistant who took a raincoat on his arm. A jacket that wasn’t even mine, but belonged to our team manager Claude. It hasn’t stopped since then. Do people really think that I think every day about what clothes or shoes to wear? I have a dressing and take a coat out of it in the morning. Do I have to like your coat or car? No, but that is no reason to make an issue of it. I find it strange that this does happen to me and that it is made into an item on television and in podcasts.”