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Beenhakker takes Feyenoord reins

Published: Saturday 5 May 2007, 16.51CET
Poland coach Leo Beenhakker will take charge of Feyenoord on a short-term basis during the Dutch Eredivisie play-offs, taking over from Erwin Koeman.

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Published: Saturday 5 May 2007, 16.51CET

Beenhakker takes Feyenoord reins

Poland coach Leo Beenhakker will take charge of Feyenoord on a short-term basis during the Dutch Eredivisie play-offs, taking over from Erwin Koeman.

Poland coach Leo Beenhakker will take charge of Feyenoord on a short-term basis in the Dutch Eredivisie's play-offs for a UEFA Cup spot following Erwin Koeman's resignation on Thursday.

Third spell
The 64-year-old Beenhakker returns for a third spell at the Rotterdam club after previous stints as youth coach and first team coach, guiding them to their last league title success in 1999. After leaving Feyenoord a year later he went on to become technical director at arch-rivals AFC Ajax, also leading Trinidad and Tobago to the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals before taking the role with Poland following the tournament in Germany.

'Duty call'
"This is a 'duty call' I can't deny," said Beenhakker. "I will do everything to ensure the club play in Europe next season." Feyenoord finished the regular season seventh in the Eredivisie standings and will now compete with FC Groningen, Roda JC and FC Utrecht for a place in Europe via a play-off system. Beenhakker's first game in charge will be the visit to Groningen on Thursday.

Last updated: 06/05/07 11.42CET

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