Francis Vrancken: "Come back stronger next season"
After losing at home against AA Gent on Sunday night Beerschot are now mathematically relegated. Chairman Francis Vrancken is obviously disappointed but stays combative at the same time. "I must admit this is a big blow for us", he says. "Of course we already knew this was coming but when it actually does it still hits you very hard. This season is one to forget as soon as possible. We have to learn from it and make sure we don't make the same mistakes again in future."
"It is our intention to bounce back as soon as possible. We have anticipated and started negotiating with some of our key players who we would like to stay at the club. Also the coaching staff is involved in the talks. And on top of that we have already contacted a couple of new players for next season in Division 1B."
"All members and shareholders on the Board of Directors have recently confirmed their commitment which means that all debts and financial losses will be covered by the owners", Vrancken continues. "There is also an agreement about the financing of the brand new training facilities at our Youth Academy site in Wilrijk, where the building works will start in due course. This relegation is a minor setback, but the future is ours. We can't afford another poor season like this. The only way is up."
"I would like to thank our fans for their continuous support over the years, and especially during the past difficult and disappointing months. I want to make a commitment with our supporters: we will do everything we can to make the 2022-2023 season a success story, with more involvement, a transparant approach and far better communication. And aim for an immediate comeback and promotion to the top level again."