As director of top football at the KNVB, Nigel de Jong wants to get rid of underdog thinking: ‘We have to go from just not, to just do’

Nigel de Jong (38) returned to the Netherlands at the beginning of this year after seventeen years, as the new director of top football at the KNVB. For the first time he talks extensively about his approach and his priorities. “I don’t mind bad news. This is top sport. Everyone has to participate in the highest achievable.”