Van Bommel to coach Dutch youth


Former Dutch international warhorse Mark van Bommel is now set to battle in a new role as assistant head coach of the Oranje Under-17s.

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After spending some time with the youths at PSV earlier this season, alongside former team-mates Ruud van Nistelrooy and Boudewijn Zenden, Van Bommel has already achieved his UEFA B coaching qualification and will join with the Under-17s as an assistant to head coach Maarten Stekelenburg (not the Fulham goalkeeper).

The 36-year-old Van Bommel hung up his boots at the end of last season after a championship-filled club career at AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven.

Making the announcement earlier today was Jelle Goes, the technical manager of the KNVB: “It’s fantastic that we can add Mark to the technical staff of the Under-17s.

“Mark has played both nationally and internationally at the highest level. The KNVB can utilise his experience in the development of this age group. In addition, Mark is at the beginning of his career as a coach and this is a good opportunity for him as a novice to gain experience.”


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