Dutch legend Marco van Basten is to take up a Position with FIFA and thereby relinquishing his role as an assistant coach of the national side.

  • By Himanshu Dhingra
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van basten aznedThe 51 year old becomes the second assistant of Danny Blind to quit in a matter of weeks after Dick Advocaat decided to take over the reins at Turkish club Fenerbache.

This is what former AZ Alkmaar had to say about his new role in a statement on the KNVB’s website, “FIFA have offered me a chance to work in the development and reform of football, and to use my ideas and opinions over issues like playing rules, refereeing and development programmes.

“I have agreed with Danny Blind to stay as an assistant until the end of the year.’

This is what Danny Blind had to say about the developments, “Of course I’m not happy but the FIFA job is something that is tailor made for Marco. Even though it means I have to find another successor, it is a great opportunity for him,’

Ruud Gullit was approached for the position of an assistant but the talks there have already broken down.

The national team failed to qualify for the European Championships held earlier this summer so it is imperative that the appointment is made which suits everyone. World cup qualification for the Netherlands national team begins against Sweden next week.

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