Excelsior have named Fons Groenendijk as their new head coach after Marinus Dijkhuizen left for Brentford.

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groenendijk exDijkhuizen’s departure to English Championship side Brentford was confirmed this week and Excelsior have wasted no time in announcing his replacement, with Fons Groenendijk signing a two-year-deal.

Greoenendijk told the official Excelsior website, “The conversations I’ve had have made me enthusiastic,”

“Excelsior is a club that is evolving and a certain path has been taken. In my view this is the right path and that suits me. It is not for nothing that Excelsior performed so well last season. I would really like to do my part to continue that path. I’m not someone who is going to reinvent the wheel, but would like to continue on the same path. ”

“In the talks with the club I noticed immediately that Excelsior has a vision, and that is really implemented policies. The method of training, the conditions, the individual power programs, nutrition, are all facets that seem very professional to me.”

The 51-year-old was a player with clubs such as Ajax, Manchester City and Sparta Rotterdam before becoming head coach of Willem II in 2009. Since then Groenendijk has coached Jong Ajax, Den Bosch and most recently he was technical director and coach at Universitatea Cluj in Romania.

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