STEWART IN RUNNING FOR NAC POST
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006
VVV Venlo general manager Earnie Stewart is being considered by former club NAC Breda for the same position.

The Yellow Army recently won their playoff bracket to ensure another season in the Eredivisie, but are in the midst of a management shake-up.

"NAC let (VVV) know and let me know that they were interested," Stewart told YA. "It is something to look into."

The longtime US star started his Venlo technical staff career in 2005, shortly after hanging up his boots with the team where he began playing professionally 17 years earlier - now, a second former employer has come calling.

"Obviously, when a club you played for - like VVV - comes back to try and bring you into their organization, it say a lot," admitted Stewart. "It's a pretty good feeling."

His current club also went through the promotion/relegation playoffs, but dropped out in the first round thanks to a 4-2 home loss to Gouden Gids Divisie rivals De Graafschap.

VVV spent much of the season atop the table, ended as runners up and suffered for the gradual decline in the postseason - a fact Stewart freely admits is cause for disappointment.

"With even a decent second half of the season, we could have been champions," he sighed. "Unfortunately, it didn't work out."

Stewart says he did have a chance to keep one eye on fellow American Charles Kazlauskas, who contributed to the stirring TOP Oss playoff run eventually ended in extra time of the decisive third match by NAC.

"You try to keep up with the Americans around the world," he said. "Certainly, it's a lot easier when I live 15 minutes from Oss. I paid attention to Charles, and he's been doing very well."
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