Here is AndyP’s comment (which can be seen on the post below), fleshing out some reasons. That’s saved me a shift (exclamation mark here, possibly).
For anyone vaguely interested or indeed even frustratedly intrigued, here is a brief rationale for the Stoke City contingent descending on Brussels … Nothing about supporting Stoke City is ever simple, hence despite being in the best league position in years the merry band of Belgium trippers all hate the current manager. He is a negative dullard, produces football too awful to watch, and is never to blame when things don’t go to plan. He looks shifty and probably is. By contrast the former manager was a large unconventional jovial Dutchman who made us laugh, tried to serve attractive fayre and was just the right side of being as mad as a balloon. He was fun. He currently manages FCV Dender on the outskirts of Brussels. Naturally we had to pay him a visit. Simple. Obvious really.
So as well as sampling the fine ales, wines, cuisine, architecture, and general hospitality of Brussels, the crack force of maniacs watched FCV Dender win and secure another season in the Belgium top flight as guests of Mr Boskamp, meeting the great man post-match and drinking in the players’ lounge. A fine time was had by all, and may I thank Mr F for his amusing contribution to the weekend. However I leave the last word to “Bossie”. When asked what he said at half-time to turn things round after a shocking display the great man replied without hesitation … “I want to kill them”! One of life’s characters and I was delighted to spend my weekend with a bunch of them. Go on Stoke, just do it!