Edgar Davids appointed as Van Gaal’s assistant

After being named assistant coach of the Netherlands, Edgar Davids called himself “glad” to be reunited with Louis van Gaal.

Davids, a Dutch great, will take up the post immediately and will be closely engaged in the build-up to and during the FIFA World Cup later this year.

The 49-year-old, dubbed ‘Pitbull’ by Van Gaal during their time together at Ajax in the 1990s, has replaced Henk Fraser, who is departing to become head coach of FC Utrecht.

“I am not only proud but also extremely excited that I can continue my career as a coach with such a famous coach as Louis van Gaal and that I can work with the very finest of the Netherlands,” Davids stated.

His title will be “second assistant.” Danny Blind, a member of the great Ajax teams of the 1990s, will be Van Gaal’s first assistant.

Van Gaal stated in April that he had had prostate cancer treatment, which he deemed a success. He will head the Netherlands in Qatar 2022 before handing over to Ronald Koeman, and the experienced manager feels Davids can make a beneficial contribution to the Oranje.

Van Gaal, who is on his third stint as Netherlands coach, said: “I am thrilled that Edgar Davids will be joining our technical team.

“I asked Edgar if he wanted to be my – second – assistant at the Oranje team when it became evident that Henk Fraser would be focusing only on FC Utrecht starting next season.

“Our paths have crossed often in the past, and I am certain that he will perform well in this job. The players may benefit from his international experience in four international final competitions, among other things.”

Davids has limited hands-on coaching experience, and none at the highest levels of the game, but his playing career was very successful, with stops at Ajax, AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Tottenham Hotspur. His coaching experience includes stints at Barnet, Telstar, and Olhanense.

He earned 74 appearances for the Netherlands and led the squad 12 times, including three European championships and one FIFA World Cup.

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