Former Rangers defender Bert Konterman has been appointed interim manager at Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle following their 4-1 weekend win over Herenveen – with the Dutchman taking the reins until the end of the season.
Konterman’s appointment was confirmed on the club’s website following the sacking of John Stegeman last week.
Leeroy Echteld took charge of Friday’s win with Konterman now taking the reins for the final ten game of the season with his side currently sitting 12 in the Dutch top-flight.
Zwolle sit nine points above the relegation playoff spot, and a further two off the automatic relegation spots so Konterman will be cofident he can keep them in the division at least.
Konterman thinks there is a “lot to be gained” in the coming weeks as he spoke of his excitement at returning to the club he started his career.
“At PEC Zwolle it all started for me as a football player and it feels good to temporarily return to the old nest,” Konterman said.
“The club has gone through a very nice development over the past decade and has now been in an intermediate phase for a few months. Yet there is a lot to be gained in this period. Because in addition to achieving as many results as possible from the ten remaining games, I have set the goal to further increase the enthusiasm and energy within the lines.
“I would also like to contribute to individual growth and development from which we reap our benefits as a team. It works to my advantage that I already know a number of boys from the selection from the representative youth teams at the KNVB and my earlier period in Zwolle. I am really looking forward to this job and can’t wait to go out on the field with the selection.”
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