PSV Director of Football John de Jong has signed a two-year contract extension to his current contract that ends in 2022. The 44-year-old, who was born and raised in The Hague, has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024. “John and PSV are working together to drive PSV forwards to a new era of success”, says PSV’s General Manager Toon Gerbrands. “The board of directors have unanimously expressed their confidence in the club’s long-term vision in which John will play a crucial role.”
‘Terrific at his job’
PSV General Manager Toon Gerbrands explains why PSV were excited to keep De Jong at the club. “As well as being terrific at his job, John has maintained an international scouting network with knowledge in a wide variety. He is in charge of PSV’s academy and we are delighted that eight players, scouted and educated by PSV, have made their first-team debut this season. We are very much satisfied with John de Jong’s way of working and his excellent working relationship with head coach Roger Schmidt. We are convinced the club will reap the rewards the coming years.”
Build on a successful future
De Jong also relishes the challenge to continue building on a successful future. “We set ambitious goals and I am not running away from my responsibilities. Here in the Netherlands, we want to compete and win trophies and we have big ambitions to be competitive in a European competition and get a place among the 32 most prominent European football clubs. We still have a lot of work to do but we are convinced we can realise our ambitions”, said de Jong. “I like my job a lot and I am pleased to be able to continue to work alongside supportive colleagues on the board. I am grateful for their trust in me.”
Twenty years with PSV
De Jong has been with PSV for over twenty years. He was a professional football player from 2000 to 2008. He then joined the scouting team and was appointed head scout in 2013. He succeeded Marcel Brands as interim Director of Football in an unofficial role in 2018 before he was handed the position on a permanent basis and was also appointed to the club’s board.