PSV appoint Van Bommel as new coach in three-year deal

AMSTERDAM: PSV Eindhoven have appointed former Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel as their new coach in a three-year deal, the Eredivisie side said on Friday.

The 41-year-old will replace Philip Cocu, who was announced as the new coach of Turkish side Fenerbahce after five years with the Dutch club.

Van Bommel is currently at the World Cup in Russia with the Australian national team as part of Bert van Marwijk's coaching staff. He will start his new role once he returns from the tournament.

"I think I have the experience to meet this new challenge," Van Bommel, who previously worked as a youth coach at PSV for two years, said in a statement.

Van Bommel, capped 79 times by his country, spent six years with PSV as a player before going abroad to have spells with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

He returned to the Dutch side in 2012 before announcing his retirement from professional football at the end of the season.

PSV have won the Dutch league three times in last four years, including last season when they finished four points ahead of rivals Ajax Amsterdam.