Zakaria Labyad has called for Phillip Cocu to be handed the PSV Eindhoven manager's job on a permanent basis after he guided them to KNVB Beker success against Heracles. The 19-year-old Moroccan, who has been linked with a move to Sporting CP, believes Cocu is the man to bring more success to a club which has not landed the Eredivisie title since 2008.
He told AD.nl: "The coach has a good relationship with the players and supporters. I know that Cocu is the coach the supporters want to see. When was the last time our fans chanted the name of the coach? I hope he is our coach next season."
Indeed, Labyad claims the identity of the PSV boss next term will determine his own future. "I have clearly stated that I want to stay here and would not go abroad," he added.
"I know the fans read things about me and think I do not want to stay but that is not the case. It is not about what PSV are offering but more about who is the coach next season. If it is Phillip Cocu then the chances are I will stay."
Cocu, who took over on an interim basis following the sacking of Fred Rutten last month, was delighted to have landed his first piece of silverware with a convincing 3-0 win. Ola Toivonen opened the scoring in the 31st minute and Dries Mertens and Jeremain Lens added further goals after the break for the overwhelming favourites, who never looked like succumbing to an upset.
Cocu told the club's official website: "I am very happy, especially with the way we won. We put in an excellent and spirited team display. We started well and we set the tone from the first moment. We were able to convert our dominance into three fine goals. I think we fully deserved the victory."
Although he felt it was an opportunity missed, Heracles boss Peter Bosz had no arguments with the outcome. "Having reached the final, we had a unique opportunity to win a trophy but PSV played at a high tempo and put pressure on our defence. They deserved the win, so all credit to them."