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Henk de Jong finds himself in a sticky situation.

De Graafschap manager Henk de Jong faces rare scenario in relegation play-off v Cambuur

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European football is in the midst of play-off season.

In England, fans just love the watching teams from the Championship, League One, League Two and the National League scrap for promotion in a four-team mini tournament.

The drama levels are always very high and in certain European leagues, the stakes are even higher when it comes to play-off games.

Over in Holland, the two teams that finish 16th and 17th in the Eredivise table are entered into two semi-final games against teams from Holland's second division, the Eerste Divisie.

Lose and they are relegated, win and they stay up - that's how high the stakes are.

De Graafschap were one of the teams thrown into the do-or-die scenario after finishing 17th in the Eredivisie.

They faced Cambuur, with the first-leg of the tie finishing 1-1.

The two Dutch sides will do battle once again on Wednesday evening, but there is a very interesting side story to go with it.

That's because the current De Graafschap manager, Henk de Jong, has already signed a deal to become manager of Cambuur next season.

It's going to be a tough night for De Jong

To put it simply, he's in a lose-lose situation.

If his De Graafschap side turn up and do the business, De Jong will be managing in the Eerste Divisie next season.

But if his side collapse and succumb to Cambuur, the allegations over potential match-fixing will no doubt come flooding in.

De Jong has, of course, stated his intention to keep De Graafschap up and relegate Cambuur.

De Graafschap played Ajax in their final game of the season

"I am a sportsman and do not want to get relegated," he told Dutch news outlet AD. "There is also nobody in Leeuwarden who expects me to help them now.

"I am a trainer at De Graafschap. I haven't had any contact with any of the Cambuur players yet."

While that simply has to be the case, it's not the sort of scenario any manager wants to be in.

Keep your eyes peeled for the final score come Wednesday evening at around 9:30pm in De Graafschap...

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