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Van Basten to step down after Euros
The Dutch national coach will quit after next year's tournament.
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2007 22:16 GMT

Last orders: Marco van Basten will step down after
Euro 2008 [GALLO/GETTY]
The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have announced that national coach Marco van Basten will step down after the Euro 2008 finals.

Van Basten and his assistant John van't Schip will not extend their contracts which expire on June 30.

"After the World Cup finals last year we considered the coming Euro finals as a new challenge and after four years it will be time to work in a new environment," Van Basten said in a Dutch FA statement.

"John and I have no idea what the future will bring us but it was our duty to inform the KNVB, a good employer, in time."

Van Basten succeeded Dick Advocaat in July 2004 and guided the Dutch side through an unbeaten 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.

At last year's finals the Netherlands lost to Portugal in the first knockout stage.

The Dutch qualified for the finals of Euro 2008 as group runners-up behind Romania and have been handed a tough assignment in Austria and Switzerland.

They will play in Group C along with world champions Italy, France and Romania.

"It is a pity but I appreciate the fact that they informed us in time," said KNVB director Henk Kesler.

"We will have time to see who will succeed them and Marco (van Basten) and John (van't Schip) made clear that they will focus completely on the coming tournament."

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