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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 7, 2008

Feyenoord confident in new coach Verbeek

Feyenoord are confident Gertjan Verbeek will take the club 'to the next level' after naming the Heerenveen boss as their new coach on Monday.

Verbeek will take over at the Rotterdam giants on July 1 - the same day current Feyenoord boss Bert van Marwijk leaves the club to assume control of the Dutch national side.

Heerenveen announced in December that Verbeek's contract would not be renewed at the end of this season as they wanted to go in a 'fresh direction' after four years under his command.

Their loss appears to be Feyenoord's gain as the Rotterdammers have hired a coach who in the last three seasons has guided Heerenveen to fifth, seventh and fifth place, qualifying for the UEFA Cup on each occasion.

With two games to go in the 2007/08 Eredivisie campaign, the Friesland club are fifth in the table - teams finishing second to fifth enter the Champions League play-offs - level on points with sixth-placed Feyenoord.

Feyenoord general manager Eric Gudde is confident 45-year-old Verbeek will be a success at De Kuip.

He told the club's official website, www.feyenoord.nl: 'After the KNVB made an official approach to take Bert van Marwijk, the management went to work carefully to establish a profile for the new coach.

'Gertjan Verbeek fits our profile perfectly and he has more than proven his ability.

'In addition, we got a very good impression from the extensive talks we had with him.

'At Feyenoord we are all convinced that Verbeek is the coach to take Feyenoord to the next level.'

Feyenoord technical manager Peter Bosz added: 'Over the past few years Gertjan Verbeek has proven himself to be a modern coach who is willing and able to get the most out of his teams.

'His teams are very fit and play attractive, attacking football.

'What's more, Verbeek has shown he can improve players, which was a very important factor in our decision given the talented young players in our squad.

'So we are delighted to have reached an agreement with Gertjan. We will get together with him in the period to come to think about the rest of his staff.'

Verbeek was delighted at the prospect of taking over at one of Holland's traditional powerhouses.

He said: 'In 1974 I went to De Kuip for the first time as a 12-year-old, when I watched the game between Feyenoord and FC Twente.

'I was immediately impressed by the whole set-up. You never forget something like that.

'Every visit to De Kuip as a footballer was great. It's a fantastic prospect to be coming to work here as Feyenoord coach.'