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!

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  1. AndyP Leeds Stokie says:

    Thank you for that inclusion duck. For the uninitiated I thought I’d follow that with some reasons for our fondness for the large Dutchman. As well as trying to instill attractive football at Stoke after the purgatory of Pulis’ previous season in charge, Johan Boskamp was funny. I present several of my favourite Bossie radio interviews as evidence…

    Stoke’s first game of the season was against Sheffield Wednesday. Bossie went to their pre-match friendly to suss out the opposition. In a subsequent interview the Radio Stoke reporter asked how his trip to watch Sheffield had gone. The reporter was probably expecting a conventional answer about Wednesday’s style of play or potential threats. He didn’t get one, instead, “It was great. I found a great chip shop 200 yards from the ground”, came the unexpected reply.

    In another live Radio Stoke interview Bossie was asked to comment on a player who should have been signing for Stoke but messed them around and changed his mind at the 11th hour. “Ahh, he’s a shit guy” was Dutchman’s frank verdict.

    Speaking his mind came naturally again when asked about Sammy Bangoura’s late return from the African Cup of Nations. This time his retort was “I’d like to kick him in the balls”.

    Bossie’s grasp of English was not the best and he once misheard the Radio Stoke interviewer’s question about the problem Stoke had with players’ agents. “Nah man, I have no problem with Asians” was the confused reply.

    And finally a reply that demonstrates Bossie’s jovial nature perfectly. In an interview aimed to discover more about this relatively unknown new manager, he was asked to tell the listeners something they wouldn’t know about him. “I’m not really a man” exclaimed the big fella before bursting out laughing.

    Always the entertainer!

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