The 42-year-old will succeed Dick Advocaat, who announced his intention to end his long and successful club coaching career at the end of the season.
Slot, who has earned plaudits with an attacking style of play as head coach at AZ in recent years, was delighted that Feyenoord made him their number one target after learning of Advocaat’s decision. ‘I worked at AZ with great pleasure for three and a half years and I am grateful to the club and the players for how I have developed as a coach. This move to Feyenoord is a very nice next step in my career. When a top club like Feyenoord calls you are not only honoured but also proud that you are able to take this step.’
Technical director Frank Arnesen is happy that Slot has opted for Feyenoord, despite interested from other clubs.
‘In recent years Arne has developed into a successful coach with a recognisable style, and players have made outstanding progress under him, which is obviously very important for Feyenoord,’ says Arnesen. ‘Furthermore, we are very confident that the performances under Dick Advocaat can be continued under him when the time comes.’The future coach, who will in any case have John de Wolf as one of his assistants, will only be presented officially by Feyenoord at the end of this season. ‘Because the focus for now and the coming challenging months is all on the current staff and squad. There is still a lot to be fought for,’ says Arnesen. ‘Plus, we all want to ensure that Dick is able to end his career, at least as a club coach, well with good performances in both the league and cup.’