Alex Pastoor has rejected the opportunity to replace Marco van Basten as AZ Alkmaar coach and has left the club with immediate effect.

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pastoor aVan Basten stepped down from his role as AZ coach to become an assistant after health problems, and it was believed current AZ assistant Alex Pastoor would step up to become the new manager.

However a statement released on the AZ website has revealed Pastoor could not agree terms with the club and has instead quit his position as it became clear he would not be assistant to another coach.

AZ director Earnest Stewart said, “In the past few days we have been in conversation with Alex. After the decision to make Marco van Basten assistant coach we had the intention to promote Alex into the position of head coach.

“We made him an appropriate, improved offer. However, he could not agree to [it].

“[During] the process it became clear that Alex was not going to act as an assistant under a new head coach.

“After the last call it was concluded that it was better to go apart. We wish Alex every success in his future coaching career.”

AZ host PEC Zwolle on Sunday and it is unclear whether Marco van Basten will take charge of the game.

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