Schrijver talks about his Edmonton return, Matt Lam and what went wrong at JEF United

Hans Schrijver

FC Edmonton coach Hans Schrijver sat down and chatted with The 11 about his decision to come back to the club, his dismissal at Japanese side JEF United, and about how much the team has progressed in the year that he was gone.

Schrijver was Dwight Lodeweges’ assistant in 2010, when FC Edmonton was born. But, after a season of friendlies, Lodeweges and Schrijver accepted a lucrative offer from JEF United, and recommended that Harry Sinkgraven take over as FCE’s new coach in time for the club’s first NASL season.

But, as FC Edmonton played their first NASL season in 2011, Schrijver and Lodeweges — along with Matt Lam, the local product loaned out by FCE to JEF United — were facing tough times in Japan. They were fired before the end of the season. Schrijver then made the decision to return to Edmonton to be an assistant under Sinkgraven, the very man he had recommended for the job months earlier.
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