Van Basten to quit after EUROS

Marco van Basten is to quit as coach of the Dutch national team after the UEFA EURO 2008 finals it has been announced by Henk Kesler, managing director of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB).

Van Basten's assistant John van't Schip will also leave his post with the former - whose contract runs till July next year - being hotly touted to become coach of Dutch giants and one of his former clubs Ajax.

"By the end of EURO 2008 I will have been national coach for four years, which has given me a lot of pleasure," van Basten told Dutch agency ANP.

"John and myself have no idea what our future holds," added the 43-year-old, refusing to confirm the Ajax rumours.

Van Basten, who was thrice named European Footballer of the Year and collected the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1992, guided Netherlands to the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ finals, where they were beaten by Portugal in the Round of 16, and then the EURO 2008 finals.

The Dutch, though, face a tough task of emulating their coach's win as a player in the 1988 edition as they have been grouped with world champions Italy, France and Romania.