AZ appoint Ronald Koeman as coach

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AZ Alkmaar confirmed the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new coach on Sunday.

The 46-year-old reached agreement with the Dutch champions on a two-year contract which will see him replace Louis van Gaal, who agreed to join German giants Bayern Munich from the start of July.

The Dutch legend has been out of management since being sacked by Valencia in April 2008 despite leading the team to the Copa del Rey triumph.

He joined Los Che after winning the Dutch title with PSV Eindhoven in 2007. He also won two league crowns with Ajax.

"For many this is a surprise," Koeman said in an interview on Sport Voetbal.

"We started talking on Thursday in the afternoon, first between chairman Dirk Scheringa and Ger Lagendijk (my agent). I was in Portugal.

"On Sunday we agreed on the conditions for the contract. I was open to a new job and the conversation between the parties went so well that we reached a swift agreement."

He added: "I also went to PSV after Guus Hiddink had won four titles. I managed that and we worked fine there."

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