Alex Pastoor will be the new trainer of Almere City.

The former coach of Sparta Rotterdam and NEC, among others, has been preferred over Maurice Steijn and signs a contract for a year and a half with the Keuken Kampioen Divisie club from Flevoland, where he succeeds the dismissed Gertjan Verbeek.

The 55-year-old Pastoor was without a club after he was fired from Austrian club SCR Altach in February this year.

However, he will only join Almere City after the first half of the season.

Assistant Tim Bakens will continue to do the honors with the current number seventeen of the Kitchen Champion Division until the winter break.

"Almere City FC is known as a fresh club with a healthy ambition," said Pastoor, who returns as a trainer in the Netherlands after four years with his appointment at Almere.

"I'm looking forward to an incredibly exciting challenge."

Technical manager Teun Jacobs is pleased with the arrival of Pastoor.

"Alex is known for his innovative leadership style. He is a contemporary trainer, who we expect to get the most out of this roster and make our young trainers better."

Almere City fired trainer Verbeek more than two weeks ago because of the disappointing results.

Led by the former trainer of AZ, Feyenoord and Heerenveen, among others, the Flevolanders had descended to the basement of the Kitchen Champion Division, while they said they wanted to take a shot at promotion to the Eredivisie.

The appointment of Pastoor is striking, because Steijn was a top candidate at Almere City.

The former coach of ADO, VVV-Venlo and NAC Breda told


last Sunday

that he had had two conversations with the club management.

However, the choice fell on Pastor.

Alex Pastoor became champion in the First Division with Sparta Rotterdam in 2016.

Alex Pastoor became champion in the First Division with Sparta Rotterdam in 2016.

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Pastor was successful in Rotterdam

Pastoor started at Excelsior in 2009 as head coach and experienced a year of success with the Kralingers by being promoted to the Eredivisie.

After that, he was still at the helm of NEC, Slavia Prague, AZ (on an interim basis) and Sparta Rotterdam.

With the latter club, he became champion in the Eerste Divisie in 2016, as a result of which Sparta returned to the Eredivisie after an absence of six years.

After a 0-7 defeat against Feyenoord, the biggest loss ever at Het Kasteel, he was fired from Spangen at the end of 2017.

He worked for the Austrian SCR Altach for almost two years.

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