Heerenveen head coach Marco van Basten will leave the job at the end of the season, the club announced this afternoon.

The club have offered a contract extension to the former Dutch international striker, but Van Basten has made his intentions clear to leave.

“Marco has notified us that he has decided not to extend his contract, and he will be leaving at the end of the season,” Heerenveen released in a statement on their official website this afternoon.

“In recent weeks, at the request of the club, there were several discussions held between club management and Mr. Van Basten about the possibility of extending his contract, Howver, he told the club he did not have the same feeling. The club management regrets his decision but, at the same time, naturally respects it.”

Van Basten signed a two-year deal with the club in the summer of 2012 and last season Heerenveen finished eighth in the Eredivisie.

Van Basten’s coaching career began with Jong Ajax in 2003 but a year later he was named head coach of the Oranje, staying from 2004 to 2008, after which he spent a year at Ajax. He was then out of the game for three years before joining Heerenveen.

Just last month, Van Basten told reporters he had no desire to coach outside the Eredivisie, but where his next destination will be in unknown at this time.


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