Eredivisie side Heerenveen have announced that former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will become the club’s manager.

The United legend has been working as a coach at Feyenoord since joining to assist Dick Advocaat in 2020.

The 40-year-old was later given the role of field coach, and from this season he was promoted to co-coach of the club’s U-18 team, as well as the U-19 team in UEFA 2023-24. Youth league.

The Dutch giants were keen to keep van Persie as they predicted his next move would be to manage the Under-21 side before possibly getting a chance to coach the senior side in the future.

However, Van Persie wanted to make the leap to senior coaching and Heerenveen jumped at the chance to offer him the top job.

It was reported here last month that the Dutchman was very close to being named in the Eredivisie No.10, and now it’s official.

Commenting on the announcement, he said: “I would like to continue my development and the role of head coach fits perfectly with that goal.”

“Heerenveen is a very nice Premier League club with a rich tradition and loyal fans.”

“It is a fantastic challenge to contribute to the sporting ambitions and development of the club as head coach.”

The former striker previously revealed that he turned down the chance to be part of Erik ten Hag’s coaching team as early as 2022 as he wanted the chance to continue cutting his teeth in Feyenoord’s youth set-up.

It will be fascinating to see how the legendary forward adjusts to life as a senior coach, especially with the type of football he promises to play.

Speaking about his tactical philosophy last year, he said: “I want my team to really attack because that’s when you have the best chance of winning. But every coach has to put his sauce on the attacking football of his team – and that’s what I do.”

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