ROTTERDAM, July 2 (Reuters) - Former Dutch national coach Frank Rijkaard has been signed to coach first division club Sparta Rotterdam on a three-year contract.
Rijkaard, who played for Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan and
earned 73 caps, has been out of a job since he quit the Dutch
national team after the 2000 European championship finals, his
first-ever coaching job.
He replaces Willem van Hanegem, another former Dutch
Van Hanegem, former Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar coach, agreed
in February to coach relegation-threatened Sparta until the end
of the season.
He decided not to extend his stay with the club after
helping keep them in the top flight when they saved their place
last month's play-offs.
Sparta have never been relegated in their 112-year history.