Giovanni van Bronckhorst had little to grumble about after the 4-0 win against De Graafschap on Saturday night. The head co...
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been given the job of head coach at Feyenoord staring next season. The forty-year-old, a former player and currently assistant coach, will take over from Fred Rutten, who leaves the club at the end of this season. Van Bronckhorst and Feyenoord have reached agreement on a two-year contract. Jean-Paul van Gastel will stay on as assistant coach and will sign a new three-year deal shortly.
Van Bronckhorst, who has played an important role alongside Van Gastel as assistant to Ronald Koeman and Rutten over the past four seasons, says it is a ‘huge honour’ to be asked to take on head coach duties at De Kuip.
‘That I will now be head coach at the club where I once started as an F junior and to which I returned after a long career fills me with pride and I am therefore extremely appreciative of the trust Feyenoord has put in me,’ said Van Bronkhorst, who earned 106 international caps for Oranje. ‘I have learned a lot from both Ronald Koeman and Fred Rutten as an assistant coach. A fantastic challenge now awaits me together with Jean-Paul and my staff and I’m really looking forward to it.’
‘It is good for the club that there is now clarity ahead of next season,’ Gio continued, emphasising that his appointment will not change the way the current technical staff work. ‘In the remaining phase of this season Jean-Paul and I will assist Fred Rutten with the same commitment and dedication as has been the case over the past months. The focus is fully on finishing this season well, achieving the very best with the whole team.’
Martin van Geel expressed his satisfaction on behalf of the club at the agreement with Van Bronckhorst and Van Gastel. ‘We are convinced that Giovanni is ready for this step after three years under Ronald Koeman and a year under Fred Rutten,’ said the club’s technical director. ‘The good discussions we have had over the past period have only served to strengthen that feeling. We are delighted that Gio, as a real Feyenoord man, is taking on the challenge with us and of course also that Jean Paul is staying at the club.’
Van Geel also explained why Van Gastel would pen a three-year contract on Feyenoord’s request, while Van Bronckhorst has agreed a two-year deal. ‘We see Jean-Paul not only as an ambitious professional, but also someone who guards the culture of the club, who, due to his past as a youth coach, is also the ideal bridge towards our youth academy. That’s why we looked long term with him. In the coming period we will join forces to look for an experienced assistant coach to further strengthen and support the technical staff next season.’