Gudelj to provide NAC boost

A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie, including NAC Breda's clash with ADO Den Haag.

Last Updated: 07/02/13 at 19:33 Post Comment

Nebojsa Gudelj: Set to sign a new deal

Nebojsa Gudelj: Set to sign a new deal

NAC Breda look set to be given a boost ahead of their Eredivisie clash with ADO Den Haag as manager Nebojsa Gudelj is poised to sign a contract extension, according to reports in Holland.

NAC and Gudelj are believed to have agreed a two-year extension in principle, with only the paperwork to sign.

"I'm happy and proud. Here speaks a lot of confidence (in me)," Gudelj told De Telegraaf.

"Of course there are agreements and clauses in a contract, but I will not talk about it."

The 44-year-old replaced coach John Karelse in October who was sacked following three straight defeats in the Eredivisie.

The dip in results saw NAC second bottom in the overall standings but their form has improved with Gudelj at the helm.

They have won their last three successive league games and only recorded one loss in their last seven Eredivisie fixtures.

However, despite the contract talks, Gudelj is remaining focussed on the upcoming match against ADO on Saturday.

"I'm not so worried about my contract. For me it is important that the team performs well."

Meanwhile, Vitesse have welcomed Wilfried Bony back to training ahead of their clash with league leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Bony has been away with Ivory Coast on African Cup of Nations duty but has returned following the quarter-final defeat by finalists Nigeria.

The striker is a key part of Vitesse's bid to claim a European place after scoring 16 goals in 18 games for the club.

Coach Fred Rutten is also expected to return to the dugout after he missed last week's match against NEC Nijmegen due to illness.

Elsewhere, Roda JC coach Ruud Brood expects striker Sanharib Malki to play in Sunday's trip to Amsterdam where they will face second-placed Ajax.

Malki was called up to the Syrian national team for Wednesday's Asian Cup qualifying match against Oman where a thigh injury caused him some problems.

However, Brood, while not wanting to take any chances on his striker's fitness, thinks he will be match fit on Sunday if he exercises some caution in training.

"It is now only some stiffness, but if you mean you're not careful it may soon be lost for a long time," Brood said.

"But on Sunday against Ajax, as it stands Sana will be there, I'm sure."

Roda are keen to discuss a contract extension with Malki, with his current deal set to expire in summer 2014 after he has scored 10 goals for the struggling club so far this season.

In the other games, FC Groningen take on RKC Waalwijk at the Euroborg Stadion while Heerenveen face VVV-Venlo and Heracles meet bottom side Willem II.

On Sunday, FC Utrecht play NEC Nijmegen in the early kick-off before Feyenoord look to close the five-point gap to PSV at home to AZ Alkmaar while PEC Zwolle take on FC Twente.


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