Jan Poortvliet

Jan Poortvliet (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɑn ˈpɔːrt.flit]; born 21 September 1955) is a retired football defender from the Netherlands, who represented his native country at the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, wearing the number two jersey. His biggest club successes came when he played for PSV Eindhoven in the mid- and late 1970s. After his retirement in the early 1990s he became a football manager, who worked for clubs like FC Den Bosch, RBC Roosendaal and Stormvogels Telstar.

Jan Poortvliet
Poortvliet in 1978
Personal information
Full name Jan Poortvliet
Date of birth (1955-09-21) 21 September 1955
Place of birth Arnemuiden, Netherlands
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Left Back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1983 PSV 264 (41)
1983–1984 Roda JC 20 (1)
1984–1987 Nîmes 97 (15)
1987–1988 Royal Antwerp 34 (7)
1988–1989 Cannes 36 (3)
1989–1990 Eendracht Aalst 20 (3)
1990–1992 VCV Zeeland 60 (4)
Total 531 (74)
National team
1978–1982 Netherlands 19 (1)
Teams managed
1996–1997 RBC Roosendaal
2000–2001 FC Den Bosch
2002–2005 Telstar
2007–2008 Helmond Sport
2008–2009 Southampton
2009–2010 FC Eindhoven
2010–2012 Telstar
2012–2013 FC Den Bosch
2016 Qingdao Red Lions
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Management career


On 29 May 2008, he was announced as the new Head Coach of English Football League Championship side Southampton as an immediate replacement to Nigel Pearson, with Mark Wotte taking over the Academy.[1] In taking the Southampton job he became the club’s 10th head coach in as many years as well as being the first foreigner to hold the position. But within days it emerged that Poortvliet was still employed by his previous club Helmond Sport who hadn't given him any permission to talk to Southampton. Poortvliet was offering to pay compensation to Helmond where he still had one year on his contract. But his offer of 30,000 Euros was taken as an insult by Helmond. The situation though was resolved via an arbitration panel (The Dutch FA – KNVB). Poortvliet was told he could take the Southampton job if he paid his former club Helmond Sport £60,000 (75,000 euros) in compensation. He complied with these terms and his contract with Helmond Sport was terminated.[2]

In his first official game in charge Southampton lost 2–1 to Cardiff, having conceded right at the end. However, three days later Poortvliet recorded his first win as Southampton manager, beating Exeter City 3–1 in the League Cup first round. His first league win came on 23 August at Derby County thanks to a David McGoldrick goal.[3] Following a run of just one win in 14 home games, on 23 January 2009 Poortvliet announced his resignation from the Club, with reserve team coach Mark Wotte taking over as head coach.[4][5]

Later career

On 15 June 2009, Poortvliet was announced as the new manager of Eerste Divisie club FC Eindhoven. He led his side to qualification to the promotion/relegation tournament between Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie.

On June 2010 he was introduced as new head coach of Telstar, another Dutch Eerste Divisie team; his salary will however be paid by parent club AZ.[6] After two lacklustre seasons at the Velsen-based club, on March 2012 it was confirmed Poortvliet had agreed to a move back to his previous club FC Den Bosch, effective from July.[7]


  1. "Poortvliet named new Saints boss". BBC. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  2. "Poortvliet Cleared for Saints Job". BBC Sport. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  3. "Derby 0–1 Southampton". BBC. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2008.
  4. "Poortvliet resigns as Saints boss". BBC Sport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  5. "Chairman's statement". Saintsfc.co.uk. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2009.
  6. "Poortvliet aan de slag bij Telstar" (in Dutch). Soccernews.nl. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  7. "Jan Poortvliet verlaat Telstar en tekent voor Den Bosch" [Poortvliet leaves Telstar and signs for Den Bosch] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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