Marco van Basten unveiled as new Dutch coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Dutch football fans finally got a look at their new national coach at a signing ceremony west of Utrecht on Monday.

Marco van Basten unveiled as new Dutch coach

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After a month of soul searching, following yet another disappointment at a major championship, Dutch football fans finally got a look at their new national coach at a signing ceremony west of Utrecht on Monday. 39 year-old Marco van Basten, the former Ajax and AC Milan marksman, has taken on the job of successor to Dick Advocaat, who resigned following Holland's 2-1 semi-final defeat to hosts Portugal in Euro 2004. The Chairman of the Dutch Football Federation, Henk Kesler, was on hand to reassure fans that Holland's traditional style would remain, and that van Basten's position would be re-assessed if they fail to qualify for the next World Cup. "The style off football should be as it was. It should be recognisable, attacking, dominating and be full of initiative," said Kesler. Van Basten will be assisted by John Van Schip, his former colleague at Ajax, and is looking forward to bringing on a new crop of young Dutch talent in time for the World Cup in Germany.

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