Eerste Divisie side De Graafschap have appointed Scottish manager Jimmy Calderwoood as their new coach until the end of the season.

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calderwoodDe Graafschap had been without a coach since sacking Pieter Huistra on Christmas eve, but they have now confirmed Calderwood will take the hot seat until the summer, with an option for a longer deal.

Calderwood has enjoyed spells in Netherlands both as a player, and a coach, with his last job a short term deal with now Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles in 2012.

The ex-Willem II, and NEC Nijmegen coach will take over De Graafschap, with the club in 6th place in the Eerste Divisie, and seeking promotion. His first game will be on Monday night, as his new side face Jong PSV.

The 58-year-old spoke of his joy at being back in Dutch football, saying,  “I really am delighted to be back in football. When it’s your whole life and you’re sitting in the house for week upon week without a job it gets boring.”

“When I stepped in at Go Ahead Eagles, I had to try and win the first six games. We did it and we got into the play-offs. People notice things like that and it’s pleasing that they remember you.”




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