The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has appointed Edgar Davids as its new assistant national coach on Friday. The 49-year-old ex-midfielder immediately starts his new job. He will take over the duties of Henk Fraser until the World Cup in Qatar (21 November-18 December), who will become the head coach of FC Utrecht and can no longer combine this with the position as assistant to national coach Louis van Gaal.
“I am not only proud but also very enthusiastic that I can continue my career as a trainer together with such a renowned trainer as Louis van Gaal and that I can work with the absolute top of the Netherlands”, said Davids in a first reaction.
Louis van Gaal was also enthusiastic. “I am delighted that Edgar Davids will be joining our technical staff. After it was clear that Henk Fraser will focus entirely on FC Utrecht from next season, I asked Edgar if he wanted to become my – second – assistant at the Orange squad. Our paths have crossed regularly in the past and I am convinced that he will fill this role in an excellent way. The players can take full advantage of his experience as an international at four international final tournaments, among other things.”
Davids played as a player for Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter and Tottenham, among others. He won 74 caps for the Dutch national team and was part of three European Championships and one World Cup. As (assistant) trainer he was active in the past with the English Barnet, the Dutch Telstar and the Portuguese Olhanense.
The Netherlands will compete in the group stage against host country Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador at the World Cup. After the World Cup, Ronald Koeman will take over as national coach.
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