Francky Dury

Francky Dury
Personal information
Full name Francky Dury
Date of birth (1957-10-11) 11 October 1957
Place of birth Roeselare, Belgium
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1969–1971 Hulste Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1981 Hulste Sport 220 (6)
Total 220 (6)
Teams managed
1981–1983 KRC Harelbeke Provinciale Juniores
1983–1985 KSK Beveren-Leie
1985–1989 KSK Ronse
1989–1990 R.R.C. Tournaisien
1990–1993 Zultse VV
1993–1994 RCH Gent
1994–2001 Zultse VV
2001–2010 Zulte Waregem
2010–2011 KAA Gent
2011 Belgium U-21
2012– Zulte Waregem

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Francky Dury (born 11 October 1957 in Roeselare) is a Belgian football manager who is the current manager of Zulte Waregem.

Amateur footballing career and early coaching career

Dury began his career as an amateur footballer in the Belgian lower leagues playing for Hulste Sport from 1971 to 1981.

He made his first coaching experiences at Harelbeke where he was in charge of the second team, as well as at KSK Beveren-Leie,[1] K.S.K. Ronse[2] and R.R.C. Tournaisien.[2]

Professional coaching career

Zultse VV/Zulte-Waregem, RCH Gent

With the exception of a season-long stint at RCH Gent,[2] Dury coached Zultse VV from 1990 to 2010 with Zultse being merged into S.V. Zulte Waregem in 2001.[2] Having helped his team to promotions from the first level of the Belgian provincial leagues (1991), the Belgian Fourth Division (1994 and 1999[3]), the Belgian Third Division (2002)[3] and the Belgian Second Division (2005)[3] he won the second division championship with Zulte-Waregem in the 2004–05 season achieving promotion to the highest level in Belgian football, the Belgian Pro League.[3]

In the club's first season in the highest division Dury guided Zulte-Waregem to a sixth place in the league as well as to winning the 2005–06 Belgian Cup,[3] earning qualification to the Europa League. Following these achievements, two personal honours were bestowed on him: he was voted coach of the year 2006,[3] and West-Flemish personality of the year by the watchers of the regional television chains Focus and WTV in 2006.[4] In 2007 he signed a professional contract as coach of the club while giving up his previously-held job as detective.[3][5] In August 2009 he became the assistant of Frank Vercauteren, then-coach of the national Belgian team, while remaining coach of Zulte-Waregem.[6]

KAA Gent

In June 2010 rumours were confirmed that Dury would have contract talks with KAA Gent to become the club's new coach, which was confirmed on 10 June, the date on which the transfer became official.[7] On 14 May 2011, the Belgian press reported that Dury's contract would be terminated after Gent's final match of the season, against Club Brugge.[8] Having finished the regular season in third place, Gent had failed to win any of their first nine playoff matches (out of ten in total), meaning they could only finish in 5th or 6th place, with no chance of qualifying for a 2011–12 European competition.

Return to Zulte-Waregem

After half a year working for the Royal Belgian Football Association working first as national technical director and then as head coach of the Belgium U-21,[3] he returned to Zulte Waregem as head coach in the last week of 2011. In the 2012–2013 season he finished second in the league with the club[3] at the end of which he was again chosen as coach of the year.[3][9]






  1. "Geschiedenis". KSK Beveren-Leie. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Francky Dury". Worldfootball. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 "Dury laying the law down at Zulte". 17 September 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Francky Dury West-Vlaming van 2006". De Standaard (in Dutch). 20 January 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. Hope, Craig. "Belgian Bobby On Toon Beat". Newcastle United. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. "Francky Dury, entraîneur adjoint intérimaire de Vercauteren jusqu'au 31/12". La Libre (in French). 4 August 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. "Francky Dury tekent voor drie jaar bij AA Gent" [Francky Dury has signed for three years with AA Gent]. Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 10 June 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. "Francky Dury et La Gantoise, c'est fini" [Francky Dury and Gent: it's over]. 7sur7 (in French). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  9. "Thorgan Hazard voted best in Belgium". 23 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
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