Former Netherlands great Marco van Basten stepped down as coach of AZ Alkmaar only five matches into his first season, with the Dutch club saying on Tuesday that he has long struggled to cope with the pressures of coaching.
AZ Alkmaar have released a statement saying that Marco van Basten will be absent for some time, with reports suggesting that he has been suffering from heart palpitations since the death of his father last month.
"The absence of Marco van Basten will be longer than first expected. The coach has been struggling with physical discomfort for some time because of personal matters," AZ said. "These symptoms are so severe that it in the short term he is not able to competently carry out his work."
Following ankle surgery last week, United States international Aron Johannsson underwent a groin operation this past weekend, and the AZ Alkmaar forward is now expected to be out until at least the end of September, according to reports.