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Van den Brom leaves Anderlecht

Anderlecht have sacked John van den Brom following some indifferent form in the Jupiler Pro League with assistant manager Besnik Hasi appointed the new head coach.

The Belgian giants have won the last two league titles, with Van den Brom guiding them to glory last season, but currently sit 12 points adrift of this term's leaders Standard Liege with just one more game to go until the league splits.

A shock 1-0 defeat at struggling OH Leuven was their ninth defeat of the campaign and although they sit third, it proved the final straw for chairman Roger Vanden Stock, who confirmed Hasi would be in charge until the end of the season.

"I'd prefer to avoid this press conference, but the press after the match in Leuven was so great that I had no choice," said Vanden Stock on the club's official website.

"I want to thank John for everything he has done for Anderlecht. Under his leadership, the club won the league title and two super cups.

"Hasi is quite the right man in the right place, because he knows the house through and through."

Former Albania international Hasi was a midfielder at Anderlecht from 2000 until 2006 before returning two years later as assistant coach.

He said: "I know the club very well. It is always difficult to take over a team as a coach, but I never take the easy way out in my life.

"I believe in myself and must now be concentrated to 200 per cent. I'm not an easy man, if I want something, I go for it, but the players need to take responsibility.

"We need to clarify in everything we do, and quickly find a balance in the squad."