THE HAGUE (AFP) - Feyenoord coach Bert van Marwijk is to succeed Marco van Basten as boss of the Dutch national side in July following Euro 2008, the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) announced on Monday.
The 55-year-old van Marwijk signed a contract until after the 2010 World Cup finals, which are being hosted by South Africa - his club will receive compensation from the federation as his contract ran till 2009.
Van Marwijk, whose son-in-law, hardman midfielder Marc van Bommel has taken a 'sabbatical' from the international side because he is not happy with van Basten, previously coached Fortuna Sittard, Feyenoord with whom he landed the 2002 UEFA Cup and Borussia Dortmund before returning to the Feyenoord hotseat.
"I am extremely honoured," conceded van Marwijk, who is to represent his backroom team on March 31 with former internationals Phillip Cocu and Frank de Boer being touted as possibles.
"To be national coach is the peak for a coach and it comes at the best moment for me, as I have reached maturity in respect of the job."
Van Basten, who guided the Dutch to the second round of the 2006 World Cup, is set to take over at Ajax in July on a four year contract.
The 43-year-old will succeed Adrie Koster who took charge of Ajax on a caretaker basis following the departure of Henk ten Cate to Chelsea at the start of the season.
Van Basten, a triple European Footballer of the Year award winner, played for Ajax from 1981 to 1987 before leaving for AC Milan where he remained until 1995.
He returned to Ajax as youth team coach between 2000-2004 before taking charge of the national team.