Former Arsenal and Rangers man van Bronckhorst taking charge at Feyenoord

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will take charge of Feyenoord from the summer.

Former Dutch international Giovanni van Bronckhorst will step into the managerial spotlight this summer, when he takes over from current Feyenoord manager Fred Rutter, the Eredivisie club have announced via their official website.

The 40-year-old has agreed a two-year contract and has worked alongside former head-coach and current Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, along with current boss Fred Rutter over the last four seasons, after hanging up his boots on an illustrious playing career, in 2010.

Van Bronckhorst gained winners medals everywhere he played, enjoying trophy laden spells with Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona, before heading back home to Feyenoord.

Now his challenge will be trying to bring glory back to De Kuip with Feyenoord in a managerial capacity, with another former Dutch international, Jean-Paul van Gastel named as his assistant ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

Clearly enthused by the opportunity, van Bronckhorst explained to the club website: "I have learned a lot from both Ronald Koeman and Fred Rutten as an assistant coach. A fantastic challenge now awaits me together with Jean-Paul and my staff and I'm really looking forward to it."

Feyenoord are currently third in the Eredivisie, but are some way behind leaders PSV Eindhoven and second-placed Ajax. However, the future boss observed: "It is good for the club that there is now clarity ahead of next season. In the remaining phase of this season Jean-Paul and I will assist Fred Rutten with the same commitment and dedication as has been the case over the past months. The focus is fully on finishing this season well, achieving the very best with the whole team."

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