The name of De Jong would be on a shortlist of three candidates for the current number four of the Serie A, which is without a technical director after the departure of Gianluca Petrachi in June. Petrachi got into trouble with club president James Pallotta after he received no compliments in an interview for his work and had to give way.
The interest of AS Roma in De Jong would have been playing for several weeks, but the club from Rome would only have become concrete in recent days. De Jong himself has serious doubts whether he should respond to the interest of the Romans.
43-year-old De Jong succeeded Marcel Brands who left for Everton in 2018. Under his leadership PSV had a turbulent period. After the lost title race with Ajax in his debut season, he fired trainer and club icon Mark van Bommel in December last year due to disappointing results. De Jong considered leaving, but continued. PSV finished fourth in that season that was broken by corona under interim coach Ernest Faber.
Former player De Jong found a successor to Van Bommel in the German Roger Schmidt. He also stunted with the arrival of the transfer-free Mario Götze, the maker of the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina. The 63-time Germany international signed a two-year contract.
PSV currently occupies third place in the Eredivisie. After eight games, the people from Eindhoven are two points behind leader Ajax. In the Europa League, coach Schmidt’s team is in a much worse shape. PSV gained only three points from the first three group matches.
Some PSV supporters turned against John de Jong after the dismissal of trainer Mark van Bommel. (Photo: Pro Shots)