The 48-year-old will take up the post on 1 July having signed a two-year contract today. He will be the permanent successor to Dutchman Sef Vergoossen, who stood down two weeks ago, and will work in tandem with Genk's new technical director Ariel Jacobs.
A former Belgian international midfield player, Vandereycken has coached in his home country, Germany and the Netherlands. He started his coaching career with KAA Gent before moving to R. Standard de Liège, RWD Molenbeek, RSC Anderlecht, FSV Mainz 05 and Twente.
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