PETER BOSZ SCHEDULES SUMMER FEYENOORD RETURN

Peter Bosz is set to return to Feyenoord on 1 July 2006. The former De Kuip favourite is now coach at Heracles Almelo, but he has been enticed back to Rotterdam by the opportunity to be Feyenoord’s technical manager on a three-year deal. The 42-year-old will be responsible for the first-team, the reserves and youth development. ‘Feyenoord is my club,’ says a delighted Bosz. ‘When your club calls, you don’t need much time to come to a decision.’

Peter Bosz made more than 200 appearances for Feyenoord in 1991-96. The intelligent midfielder was a big hit in De Kuip owing to his huge appetite for work. At De Kuip he won four Dutch Cups and one championship. He also gained eight caps for the Dutch national side, before leaving Feyenoord in September 1996 for Japanese outfit JEF United.

After ending his playing days Bosz moved into a coaching career that has taken him to AGOVV, De Graafschap and Heracles Almelo. The last of those he guided to the first division title last season. He’s also managed to keep his club away from the relegation zone in their freshman campaign in the Eredivisie. ‘I feel very much at home at Heracles,’ confirms Bosz. ‘I don’t think we’ve taken it as far as we can yet, so it’ll be quite tough to say goodbye.’

‘Peter suits us. He’s down to earth and his mentality is good,’ says Chris Woerts on behalf of the club’s management. ‘We are delighted that he has chosen us and that another genuine Feyenoorder is returning to the club.’

Bosz himself is not fearful that he will miss coaching. ‘This job is obviously very different and I am bidding coaching farewell for the moment. I did have to think that over. But I believe that I have the qualities for this job and that it will suit me.’

In his new position Bosz will report to management and function as a first point of contact for coach Erwin Koeman. His first priority will be to fill the void left after the departure of head of youth development Henk van Stee, but he’s in no doubt where he centre of gravity will be. ‘I see it like this: everything I do will revolve around the first team. I will be working very much in the service of Erwin Koeman.’

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