The A-League expansion vehicle continues rolling as the latest outfit make their first significant appointment…
Aug 31, 2009 4:20:00 PM
Dutchman Henk van Stee is rumoured to have been handed the coaching reigns at A-League expansion club Melbourne Heart, according the The World Game.
The former De Graafschap and Sparta Rotterdam midfielder is said to have fended off competition from a handful of other candidates – most notably former Newcastle United and Los Angeles Galaxy boss Ruud Gullit and German legend Lothar Matthaus – to secure the role.
Van Stee’s coaching credentials include leading De Graafschap to promotion to the Eredivisie in 2008, though the joy was short lived due to the side’s abrupt return to the second tier last season.
Van Stee will be the latest Netherlands-native to grace Australia’s shores, but the first to be involved with the domestic scene.
The Heart are set to compete in the 2010-11 A-League season, the sixth installment of the Australian first tier, which will contain 12 teams – four more than in its inaugural year in 2005.
Currently, the club is in the midst of assembling its operational staff, with player recruitment to follow in the following months.
Daniel Phan, Goal.com
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