Former Celtic Manager Wim Jansen Reveals He Has Dementia

Former Celtic boss Wim Jansen will forever be revered as a club legend for guiding the Hoops to their first league title in a decade back in 1998. The Dutchman came in after managing Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima and, against all the odds, he denied Rangers the accolade of winning ten in a row.

An iconic name in European football, Jansen is set to bring out an autobiography this week. Titled ‘Meesterbrein’, the book is written by renowned author Youri van den Busken. In the publication, Wim discusses the way in which he decided to seek medical advice after reading a book about his former Dutch teammate, Piet Schrijvers, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, because he recognised similar symptoms.

He says: “I wonder how fast it will get to me? Will I remain as I am for a while or go downhill?

“I still enjoy the company of my children and grandchildren. I still try and go to Feyenoord home games. But with everything else, I will have to make choices.”

Wim was a superb footballer in his playing days. He won the European Cup with Feyenoord, a multitude of Dutch titles with the Rotterdam giants and Ajax, whilst he also reached the World Cup Final on two occasions with the Netherlands national team.

In terms of his managerial career, Jansen won one of Celtic’s most important league titles and gave us the gift of Henrik Larsson – possibly the greatest signing of his time in football management.

We wish Wim and his family all the best in this difficult time.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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