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Jan Wouters has agreed to be new coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s assistant when the new regime is installed at De Kuip ahead of the 2015/16 season. The 54-year-old, who won 70 caps for the Dutch national team in a glittering career that saw him play for such clubs as Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV, will sign a two-year contract in the near future.
The appointment marks a return to the Netherlands for Wouters, who started the season as the head of youth development at Kasimpasa SK in Turkey, where he later took over as caretaker coach. Wouters arrived in Turkey after three years at the helm at FC Utrecht, the club where he began his playing career. During his career, Wouters has also filled the head coach’s position at PSV (as a caretaker) and Ajax, as well as working as an assistant coach at Glasgow Rangers and for the Dutch national team.
‘We wanted to add an experienced assistant to our technical staff for coming season and we felt that Jan Wouters was the ideal candidate,’ said technical director Martin van Geel on Monday. ‘In him we have got someone with huge experience and a long CV. Bearing in mind his age and drive he meets our criteria, while Jan has no ambition to work as head coach at Feyenoord. For us he is an excellent and very suitable addition to our staff for next season.’
Wouters himself feels the approach from Feyenoord is a great honour. ‘Feyenoord is a fantastic club with a rich history and of course fabulous fans. I’m really looking forward to being part of that in the near future, while I see it as a big challenge to assist a young coach like Giovanni with my experience.’
Wouters is also happy to return to his homeland after this season’s adventure in Istanbul. ‘I have loved it in Turkey, but it’s nice to be closer to my family again. I’ve continued to follow the Dutch league and I have already briefly spoken with Giovanni. It would be great to compete for trophies with Feyenoord.’