AMSTERDAM (AP) Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar says it has hired the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane as an adviser.
Alkmaar says in a statement on its website that Beane will provide advice ''in the areas of high performance and innovation'', with the aim of closing the gap on big-spending clubs in the Dutch league.
Eenhoorn says ''I have known Billy for a while, because of my history in baseball'' and that when Alkmaar approached Beane ''he was immediately enthusiastic.''
Beane says that despite Alkmaar ''being a great football club ... they face many of the challenges we have with the Oakland A's.''
Alkmaar is 25 miles north of Amsterdam.