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Feyenoord and Jean-Paul van Gastel (46) have agreed another extension to the assistant coach’s contract with the club. The two parties signed the new deal in the Business Unit at De Kuip on Thursday evening that extends Van Gastel’s stay until mid-2020. The current contract was due to expire this summer.
From player to coach
Van Gastel, who played for the club between 1996 and 2001, has been a member of Feyenoord’s technical staff since 2011. He was assistant coach under Ronald Koeman and Fred Rutten, and has been part of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s team for the past three years. He originally took the job of youth coach at Feyenoord Academy in 2005.
Feyenoord extended Jean-Paul van Gastel’s tenure through to mid-2018 when Giovanni van Bronckhorst was appointed head coach in 2015. They are both important members of the coaching team that has won four trophies over the past three seasons, including an Eredivisie title and two KNVB Cups.
Technical director Martin van Geel said on Thursday: ‘We are still very satisfied with the important role that Jean-Paul van Gastel plays within this technical staff. Not least for the sake of continuity, we are very happy to have had two dyed-in-the-wool Feyenoorders on the coaching staff for many years in him and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. Furthermore, Jean-Paul proves his value as an excellent coach on the training pitch every day.’