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By ESPN Staff
Jan 28, 2009

Feyenoord count on Been

Feyenoord have confirmed the appointment of Mario Been as their new coach from next season.

The 45-year-old, who currently holds the reins at Eredivisie rivals NEC Nijmegen, reached an agreement on a three-year deal with the Rotterdam club.

Been will take up the position from July 1 with Leon Vlemmings, who was handed the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of Gertjan Verbeek two weeks ago, staying on as coach until the end of this campaign.

Been is a familiar face at Feyenoord having played for the club during the 1980s while he also served as assistant coach there between 2002 and 2004.

And he is relieved to have secured a return following days of media speculation over his future.

"In many aspects I'm very glad all is done now," Been said. "Everyone knows Feyenoord are my club and that I always cherished the dream to return to De Kuip as head coach.

"Besides that I am glad the die is cast, so from now on I can fully focus my attention on NEC for the remainder of the season."

Verbeek was sacked by Feyenoord following a dismal first half of the campaign with the club struggling in 12th place in the Eredivisie.

And Been is aware the expectations will be high upon his arrival in Rotterdam.

"I am no magician, but I understand we all must be very inventive at Feyenoord, more than ever before," he continued.

"I do want to build something nice in those three years and I want to see the happiness spread throughout the team when I start."

Feyenoord director, Eric Gudde, welcomed Been's decision to take up the post.

"We are extremely glad Mario is our new head coach," he said. "He knows how this club works like no-one else, and he has also raised his profile in recent years as an excellent coach who can get the best out of any group of players."

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