New FC Utrecht manager Jean-Paul de Jong spoke to the NOS after being appointed as Erik ten Hag’s replacement.

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Jean-Paul de Jong played 435 games for FC Utrecht between 1993 – 2007 before having spells at the club as a youth coach and assistant manager. He will now step into the head coach role after signing a one-and-a-half-year contract.

de Jong told NOS,  ”I retired as a player 10 years ago and I always had the ambition to become a manager. I am proud to become FC Utrecht manager.

”The staff that I will have will communicate a lot and work together including the specialists.

”When FC Utrecht let me know that they were planning to make me manager we then looked at potential names to join the backroom staff. We are striving for professionalism.

”We want to be successful at FC Utrecht.”

De Jong previously managed FC Eindhoven in the Jupiler League between 2013 and 2015.

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