Tuesday September 16th, 2014

Marco van Basten has officially stepped down as AZ Alkmaar's manager but will continue with the club as assistant to a new coach, the team announced Tuesday.  

Van Basten, in his first season with the club, has been on leave for the past two weeks because of health problems.

The team announced they signed him to a new deal, keeping him with the club until 2016. No permanent replacement was named, but club director Earnest Stewart said the team is talking to Alex Pastoor about becoming head coach. 

"I have found that in recent times the role of head coach was causing me increasing physical and mental discomfort," Van Basten said. "Therefore I decided I had to be honest with myself and with AZ. I wanted to return, but not as head coach. After extensive discussions with the club and (assistants) Alex Pastoor and Dennis Haar, we have found a suitable solution for all."

Van Basten​ said he was delighted to be in his role and wanted to help develop the young players on the club. 

AZ Alkmaar is currently 12th in the 18-team Eredivisie division.

- Scooby Axson

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