Rob Alflen

Rob Alflen (born 7 May 1968) is a Dutch football manager and former player who most recently was the manager of Dutch Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport.

Rob Alflen
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-05-07) 7 May 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Utrecht 142 (16)
1991–1995 Ajax 26 (5)
1995–1996 Vitesse 7 (0)
1996–1997 Sparta Rotterdam 25 (1)
1997–1999 Heracles 52 (10)
1999–2000 Cambuur 26 (0)
Total 278 (32)
Teams managed
2006–2008 FC De Bilt
2007–2008 HFC Haarlem (assistant)
2008–2010 FC Breukelen
2009–2011 Jong FC Utrecht
2014–2015 Utrecht
2018–2019 Helmond Sport
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

Alflen was born in Utrecht. He played for FC Utrecht, Ajax Amsterdam, Vitesse Arnhem, Sparta Rotterdam, and Cambuur Leeuwarden in the Eredivisie.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Since 2004, Alflen has been co-presenter of the TV program Namen & Rugnummer on RTV Utrecht. Alflen started his coaching career as a youth coach of FC De Bilt, and later became manager of the first team for the 2006–07 season.[2] In the following season, he became assistant manager of HFC Haarlem but still remained as manager of De Bilt.[3] From 2008 until 2010, he was manager of FC Breukelen.[4] In February 2009, he also took a job at Jong FC Utrecht as manager of the team alongside his manager job at Breukelen.

When Erwin Koeman quit as head coach of FC Utrecht in October 2011, Alflen was assigned as assistant coach of Jan Wouters for the first team of FC Utrecht. He became head coach after Wouters left the club in June 2014. On 25 March 2015 FC Utrecht said that coach Alflen and his advisor Co Adriaanse would step down from their roles with the Dutch club at the end of the season.[5] On 11 January 2016 he became an assistant at Heracles after Hendrie Krüzen left the club.[6][7] On 16 April 2018, it was announced that Alflen would take over as the head coach of Helmond Sport on a two-year contract starting next season.[8][9] On 8 May 2019, Helmond announced, that they had sacked Alflen after a disappointing season, the worst season in the club's history with only four victories in 38 games.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Alflen's father was the Dutch wrestling champion Loek Alflen.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Source:[12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League
Division Apps Goals
Utrecht 1985–86 Eredivisie 7 0
1986–87 Eredivisie 18 3
1987–88 Eredivisie 28 2
1988–89 Eredivisie 31 4
1989–90 Eredivisie 25 0
1990–91 Eredivisie 33 7
Total 142 16
Ajax 1991–92 Eredivisie 8 3
1992–93 Eredivisie 14 1
1993–94 Eredivisie 4 1
1994–95 Eredivisie 0 0
Total 26 5
Vitesse 1995–96 Eredivisie 7 0
Sparta Rotterdam 1996–97 Eredivisie 25 1
SC Heracles /
Heracles Almelo[a]
1997–98 Eerste Divisie 25 2
1998–99 Eerste Divisie 27 8
Total 52 10
Cambuur Leeuwarden 1999–2000 Eredivisie 26 0
Career total 278 32
  1. ^ Name changed in 1998

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rob Alflen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  2. ^ De bijzondere carrière van nieuwe NEC-trainer Robbie Alflen, elfvoetbal.nl, 27 May 2017
  3. ^ Alfen wordt assistent-trainer bij Haarlem, voetbalprimeur.nl, 27 May 2007
  4. ^ Rob Alflen at FootballDatabase.eu
  5. ^ BeNeFoot [@BeNeFoot] (25 March 2015). "FC Utrecht have confirmed that coach Rob Alflen and technical director Co Adriaanse will leave the club this summer" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Heracles vindt in Alflen opvolger vertrokken Krüzen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Rob Alflen nieuwe assistent-trainer Heracles Almelo" (in Dutch). Heracles Almelo. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Helmond Sport strikt Alflen als nieuwe trainer" (in Dutch). NOS. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Robby Alflen komend seizoen hoofdtrainer van Helmond Sport" (in Dutch). Helmond Sport. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  10. ^ Helmond Sport zet Rob Alflen op non-actief na slechtste seizoen uit de clubhistorie, omroepbrabant.nl, 8 May 2019
  11. ^ "Loek Alflen, de grote kleine man" (in Dutch). De Halter. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Rob Alflen » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 11 April 2020.