Ferrer takes charge of Vitesse

Albert Ferrer, who graduated from the same coaching course as his former FC Barcelona team-mate Pep Guardiaola, has accepted his first senior management role with BV Vitesse.

Albert Ferrer has been coaching at his former club Barcelona
Albert Ferrer has been coaching at his former club Barcelona ©Getty Images

Former FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC and Spain defender Albert Ferrer is to make his senior coaching debut with Dutch Eredivisie side BV Vitesse.

The 40-year-old has signed a deal running until summer 2012 to replace Theo Bos, who stepped down this week. Part of Barcelona's 1992 European Champion Clubs' Cup-winning team under Johan Cruyff, Ferrer has been working at the Blaugrana's youth department having graduated from the same coaching course as former team-mate Pep Guardiola.

"In the past I have had offers from clubs, but I was not ready," said Ferrer, who will be assisted by Albert Capellas Herms – also arriving from Barcelona's academy – and former Netherlands goalkeeper Stanley Menzo. "I do not think my lack of experience will be a problem. I like the Barcelona style of play but no team has players as good as theirs." His new side lie 16th in the 18-club Eredivisie and Ferrer's reign begins at NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.