‘Players came to me, also crying’

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According to former national coach Marc Lammers, the fact that the Dutch hockey players are favorites for the world title after three victories in the group is not uplifting news. The way they present themselves now, during this World Cup.

“Now you also see that they have returned to frivolity. They are having fun with each other again. I see them laughing again, they are allowed to joke,” Lammers noted in Along the Line And Surroundings† “It’s the old Orange again, as we are used to it.”

On Wednesday, after previous victories over Ireland and Germany, Chile was also tied to the victory cart:

Hockey women group winner at World Cup after victory over debutant Chile

The Netherlands is more than just a proud quarter-finalist. “They really only have one real opponent and that is Argentina.”

culture of fear

Although the Orange squad won everything there was to win under the leadership of Alyson Annan, the team has come a long way. The Australian coach was removed from her position at the beginning of this year, after investigations showed that a culture of fear had developed under her strict regime.

“That has been going on for three or four years. It was already the case during the previous Olympic Games. It is unnecessary that it took so long,” says Lammers, who will return next season after a few quiet hockey years as head coach with the men of Den Bosch.

Lammers had been picking up the signals for years, when he helped give training to the men of Den Bosch and often bumped into the women during communal meals. “Players came up to me, also crying. And then they said, ‘Marc, what are we going to do with this?'”

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“It is painful when you hear all those stories,” Lammers continues. “You are part of the Dutch national team, you can travel around the world, you become an Olympic champion and you are not even happy. Then I think: jesusmina, why are you still exercising?”

Pure intentions Annan

Lammers let slip earlier that Annan did everything with pure intentions in her approach. “That was the case for her,” emphasizes Lammers. “What I’ve heard a few times is that on a personal level a few times people have been damaged.”

Lammers himself does not shy away from a tough approach. “It’s okay to hold each other accountable for what has been agreed,” he says. “But you must also always keep telling that you believe in your players. That is situational leadership.”

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Alyson Annan is now the national coach of China

Due to Orange’s good performance, the noises around Annan were not heard for a long time. Lammers himself also raised his concerns with the union.

“If you win gold and you only listen to two or three players who are satisfied and who can do everything, then you may be listening to the wrong players,” Lammers thinks. “Unconsciously, that climate has gotten worse and worse.”

And the new generation was also not well received, according to him. “They want to change, but they don’t want to be changed,” Lammers notes. “Anyway, you should never tell anyone: you’re a bad hockey player or a bad person.”