Realistically speaking, four teams still fought for relegation on the 34th matchday of the Dutch Honor division. Almelo got into the race with 34 points and a goal difference of -14 with the best starting position towards Sparta Rotterdam (32/-20), Fortuna Sittard (32/-32) and Willem II Tilburg (30/-28).
crash in 16th place: Home defeat against Rotterdam – Sittard wins
But in the end, the eleven of the German coach Frank Wormuth slipped on the relegation rank 16. Because Almelo made a 1-3 defeat in front of his own audience in the direct duel against Sparta Rotterdam, and Fortuna Sittard won 1-0 in Nijmwegen. Sparta Rotterdam and Sittard passed Almelo, which now has to run on Wednesday (6.45 p.m.) and next Saturday (8 p.m.) against Excelsior Rotterdam in the second round of the ‘Quali eredivisie’. The winner of the 2nd round must then win another knockout duel of the 3rd round in order to avoid or climb relegation.
Almelo will play the maximum of four games until the relegation without Wormuth, and the paths separated on Monday. After talks with trainers, staff and players, it became clear that “the trust is not enough to start these play-offs with Frank as the main coach,” said the club in the east of the country. The team will look after the team for the play-off duelle.
The term of office of Wormuth, who had been looking after Heracles since the 2018/19 season, would have ended anyway after this season. Because already in winter it became public that the 61-year-old, who also worked for the DFB for a long time, was moving to FC Groningen at the new season.