Ron Jans

Ron Jans (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔn ˈjɑns], born 29 September 1958) is a Dutch football manager and former player.

Ron Jans
Jans circa 2007
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-09-29) 29 September 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Twente (manager)
Youth career
RKSV Zwolle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1983 PEC Zwolle 157 (44)
1982–1984 FC Groningen 63 (16)
1984–1987 Roda JC 99 (10)
1987–1988 Mazda Motors 16 (1)
1988–1991 BV Veendam 54 (5)
Total 389 (76)
Teams managed
1991–1993 SJS Stadskanaal
1993–1996 ACV
1996–2000 Achilles 1894
2000–2002 BVO Emmen (assistant)
2002–2010 FC Groningen
2010–2012 SC Heerenveen
2012 Standard Liège
2013–2017 PEC Zwolle
2019–2020 FC Cincinnati
2020– FC Twente
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Coaching careerEdit

FC GroningenEdit

Born in Zwolle, Overijssel, Ron Jans joined FC Groningen on 2002, and was the longest-serving head coach in the whole Eredivisie, being instrumental in the club's recent successes, including two consecutive UEFA Cup qualifications in 2005 and 2006. During his time at Groningen, Jans was known for his witty comments during press conferences and his positive attitude towards the press. He was formerly active as a German language teacher. He also appeared regularly in the Dutch television channel Nederland 3 as a UEFA Champions League analyst for the 2009–10 season.[1]

In November 2009 he announced he will leave FC Groningen at the end of the 2009–10 season, after eight years in charge of the club, citing his desire for a new experience as the main reason behind his choice.[2]

SC HeerenveenEdit

In February 2010 SC Heerenveen officials agreed terms with the Groningen coach for next season, the 51-year-old joined his new club at the end of the season to replace Jan de Jonge.[3] The move was quite a controversy as SC Heerenveen and FC Groningen are great rivals in the Dutch Eredivisie. Ron Jans was seen as a Groningen FC ace and the supporters did not think much of his step to the rivals. After the news came out, the fans showed a banner saying, "You never knew how to replace someone." With this message they showed their dislike of the move of the manager on the one hand and sneered at how he sometimes substituted players that hardly made any sense.

Jans' first season in charge of Heerenveen was mostly considered as disappointing, as he only managed to achieve an unimpressive twelfth place in the league table and was also criticized due to a number of controversial choices. His second season turned out however to be much better, thanks to his ability to get the most out of forwards Bas Dost, Luciano Narsingh, and Oussama Assaidi and drive the team into the battle for the league title by April 2012. In January 2012, it was revealed Ron Jans would depart from Heerenveen by the end of the season, with former Dutch superstar player Marco van Basten taking over from him.[4] He led Heerenveen to direct UEFA Europa League qualification by the end of the season.

Standard LiègeEdit

He signed to Standard Liège on 29 May 2012,[5] but agreed with the club to end his contract on 22 October after Standard was at that time 12th in the Belgian Pro League.

PEC ZwolleEdit

Jans joined PEC Zwolle in 2013. In his first season, he won the KNVB Cup after beating AFC Ajax 5–1 in the final. In the 2014–15 season he led PEC Zwolle to the cup final once again and also winning the Johan Cruijff Schaal.

FC CincinnatiEdit

On 26 July 2019, The Athletic reported that Jans had been hired as the head coach of American club FC Cincinnati, and would replace interim coach Yoann Damet as soon as he obtained a work visa.[6] FC Cincinnati officially announced the hiring on 5 August 2019, ending a months-long coach search that began with their firing of Alan Koch in May 2019. This was Jans' second time working with FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp, who had hired Jans in 2013 when he was technical director of PEC Zwolle.[7] Jans' contract was set to expire on 31 December 2020, with Nijkamp having previously indicated that their coach hire would be a "short-term solution" to be re-evaluated ahead of the 2021 season.[8][9]

On 17 February 2020 Jans resigned from his head coach position at FC Cincinnati amidst an investigation into his alleged use of a racial slur.[10]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 19 September 2021[11]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nation From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Groningen   21 October 2002 30 June 2010 310 128 66 116 455 435 +20 041.29 [12]
Heerenveen   1 July 2010 29 May 2012 75 33 21 21 164 122 +42 044.00 [13]
Standard Liège   29 May 2012 22 October 2012 12 5 1 6 24 23 +1 041.67 [14]
PEC Zwolle   30 June 2013 20 June 2017 159 61 36 62 251 244 +7 038.36 [15]
FC Cincinnati   4 August 2019 17 February 2020 10 1 4 5 8 20 −12 010.00 [16]
FC Twente   17 June 2020 Present 40 12 12 16 56 59 −3 030.00 [17]
Total 606 240 140 226 958 903 +55 039.60


  1. ^ "Been, Jans en Beenhakker als NOS-analitici" (in Dutch). Het Parool. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Jans to end long Groningen reign". 12 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  3. ^ Ron Jans named as new boss of Heerenveen – Europe – ESPN Soccernet
  4. ^ "Ron Jans weg bij Heerenveen" [Ron Jans leaves Heerenveen] (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad.
  5. ^ "Ron Jans aan de slag bij Belgische topclub Standard Luik" [Ron Jans hired by Belgian top club Standard Liège] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  6. ^ Rueter, Jeff; Stejskal, Sam (26 July 2019). "Sources: FC Cincinnati to hire Ron Jans as next head coach". The Athletic. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  7. ^ Baer, Benjamin (4 August 2019). "FC Cincinnati name Ron Jans head coach". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  8. ^ Pfahler, Laurel (5 August 2019). "'It can only go better': FC Cincinnati confident new coach...". The Athletic. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ Brennan, Pat (5 July 2019). "FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp: Next coach to be 'short-term solution'". Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  10. ^ Brennan, Pat (18 February 2020). "FC Cincinnati: Ron Jans resigns as head coach". Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Ron Jans career sheet". footballdatabase. footballdatabase. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  12. ^ "FC Groningen: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ "SC Heerenveen: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Standard Liège: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  15. ^ "PEC Zwolle: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  16. ^ "FC Cincinnati: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  17. ^ "FC Twente: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 19 June 2020.

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