Van Basten steps down as head coach

Published on 16 september 14, 13:59
ALKMAAR- AZ and Marco van Basten on Tuesday have announced that a new agreement was made to continue as assistant coach in Alkmaar. This is done at the request of Van Basten, in consultation with AZ and the technical staff. Assistant-coach Alex Pastoor is expected to take over Van Basten’s role as head coach.

Van Basten – who has been on sick leave for the last two weeks – says he is relieved to be taking a step back. “I've noticed over the years that the job of head coach is increasingly causing me physical and mental discomfort. Therefore, I decided to be honest towards myself and AZ. I wanted to return on training in Alkmaar, but not as head coach. After extensive discussions with AZ, Alex Pastoor and Dennis Haar, we have found a suitable solution for all parties. I am delighted with my new role, which is more in the shade. I am looking forward to work on the field with the young talents.”