KNVB director top football Nico-Jan Hoogma understands Sarina Wiegman's choice to leave as national coach of the Orange Women. After the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, the fifty-year-old from The Hague will start working as the choice of the English football women.
"It was no secret that, assuming that we qualify, we would have liked to continue with Sarina up to and including the European Championship in 2022. After all, that was the original plan, before the entire football calendar was changed by corona", says Hoogma Friday on the site of the KNVB.
"But I understand this step and the moment very well, no matter how unfortunate it is for us. Sarina has meant a lot to women's football in general, and certainly for the Leeuwinnen and the KNVB. That is why we grant her this transfer. we can all be proud that a Dutch coach is going to work for such a leading football nation. "
Wiegman had a very successful period as national coach of the Orange Women. She was appointed in January 2017, after having already replaced Arjan van der Laan on an interim basis, who was dismissed in December 2016, and led the Netherlands to the European title in their own country in the summer of that year and to the World Cup final last year. France, in which was lost to the United States.
"We are not worried about the cooperation in the coming year. I have come to know Sarina as very loyal, a real winner, who is also bursting with ambition. And we have ample time to consider the succession, so that We will therefore be doing it in peace for the coming months, "says Hoogma.
Wiegman signs a four-year contract with the English football association FA. She still had a commitment at the KNVB until mid-2021 and had indicated several times that she would still like to be active as coach of the Dutch women at the Games in Tokyo, which have been postponed until the summer of 2021.
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