Ernest Faber took charge of PSV training for the first time as interim coach before addressing the media at the PSV Campus De Herdgang pressroom on Tuesday afternoon. Faber looked ahead to the upcoming matches against GVVV and PEC Zwolle, but was also asked to comment on his new role at PSV. “I agreed to become interim coach to help the club.”
“PSV have acted swiftly to appoint me as their new interim head coach”, said Faber, looking back at yesterday’s events. “I was about to travel to England with the U23 squad for the Premier League International Cup fixture against FC Porto, when the board got in touch with me. And now, one day later, I have taken charge of my first training with the senior squad. I consulted my management team and the officials at the PSV Academy and then I said yes to help PSV.”
Help the club
Faber informed the media that he then had a brief conversation with Mark van Bommel. Faber said he had agreed to become the new interim head coach to help the club. “Eighteen months ago, I consciously made a choice to take a new step in my career. Football is flourishing at the PSV Academy right now. We get good results and it is great to see we can help promising young players develop themselves. Moreover, we are very proud of the new building at the Academy and its excellent facilities for all our players. But an Academy will always have to serve the first team. That’s why I am here to help the club.”
A new head coach
“PSV will eventually appoint a new head coach”, said Faber. “The board will now have plenty of time to look for a successor. They will not name a new head of the PSV Academy. We have chosen to internally delegate tasks and responsibilities.”
Top priority remains to get results with the first team. “Our mission is clear”, explained Faber. “We must win our next two games. We will have to cope with the pressure and make some minor tactical changes. “All our players are talented but they have to work together and bond as a team. That means we will go at GVVV from the first whistle”, said Faber.