In an exclusive interview with Football-Oranje (which you can watch here), Netherlands Under 17s manager Kees van Wonderen revealed why senior side manager Ronald Koeman wanted to work more closely with him.

  • by Michael Statham
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After his fine work with the Dutch youth teams, Koeman promoted van Wonderen to assistant-manager. When asked why Koeman chose him in particular, van Wonderen replied, “He wants to work with staff members who can help him build a team. He wants an older, experienced coach next to him who can help him in that part. He also wants someone with feeling who can be close to the youth players.”

The 49-year-old added, “We played together for one year with Feyenoord so there was a connection as well. We’ve been working for three years for Dutch teams, so I know a lot of Dutch players. So that’s why he asked.”

You can watch the full interview by clicking here or the video below:

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I'm a physics student from the UK and a massive Eredivisie fan. Started watching after being inspired by the Netherlands national team after the 2010 World Cup. Wilfred Bouma also has a big part to play in my initial keen interest in the league, being a Villa fan meant I wanted to keep track of my favourite player.