Jean-Paul de Jong has been appointed as the new head coach of FC Utrecht with Marinus Dijkhuizen becoming his assistant.

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Erik ten Hag left his role with the Cathedral City club to take over at Ajax last week and Utrecht have acted quickly to name his replacement.

Jean-Paul de Jong was Ten Hag’s assistant but will now make the step up after signing a contract until the summer of 2019. Former Excelsior and Brentford coach Marinus Dijkhuizen has been named as De Jong’s assistant while Rick Kruys and Luc Nijholt have also joined his coaching staff.

De Jong spent 14 years with Utrecht as a player before joining the club as a youth coach after retiring. He had a two-year spell in charge of FC Eindhoven before returning to Utrecht in 2015 as an assistant.

De Jong told the Utrecht website, “I am proud that I have been appointed as head coach. I really appreciate the confidence that FC Utrecht has in me. I see it as a great challenge to continue the course we have set under the leadership of Erik ten Hag with the (new) staff and players.”

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