Yves Vanderhaeghe becomes the new head coach of KV Oostende with immediate effect. He leads this afternoon his first training and is tomorrow on the bench against KV Mechelen. "Yves knows the league, the club and is a good trainer and people manager who can get the maximum out of players."Yves Vanderhaeghe is of course an old acquaintance for KVO. He was trainer there between 2015 and 2017 and led the club then to the cup final and the first European campaign ever against Marseille. So now he returns to the old nest.

Gauthier Ganaye: "We followed Yves closely because we were very impressed with the way Cercle played under him. His teams are always very well structured and defensively organized, but also have freedom on the offensive. In his most recent experience at Cercle, their pressing was quite similar to ours. In our opinion, the results they are achieving now are the direct result of his good work. During a conversation of several hours I was convinced that he is the right man to take over now. He hardly needs any training as he was recently at work in our league. He knows all the clubs, including ours. I was really impressed how well he could assess our players and their qualities. Yves also proved in the past that he can make players better. He is a good people manager who can deal with several characters. I realize that he can't change much in one day, but he'll be able to add his own touches for tomorrow's game at KV Mechelen. I am looking forward to his way of working and I am convinced that we will have a great time ahead of us."

Yves Vanderhaeghe signed a contract until the end of this season. "Continuity within a club is important and that's why the current staff will remain on board, Markus Pflanz will again become assistant, although it is not excluded that Yves will also bring an assistant in the long run. We also don't want to change trainers every six months and therefore after the season we will evolve the situation and if necessary continue with Yves as trainer."

Gauthier Ganaye will not be able to be there to welcome Yves today, he is recovering from a covid infection.