Van Basten to take charge of Ajax

Marco Van Basten will leave his job as Dutch national team coach after UEFA EURO 2008 and take charge of Ajax, the Amsterdam club announced Friday. Van Basten has signed a four-year deal and will take John van't Schip and Rob Witschge, two of his assistants with the Dutch team, with him.

"The new staff will be presented to the media on March 5. We are very happy," said Ajax technical director Martin Van Geel. "They represent three former great players, they are all ambitious and want to restore Ajax to the highest level in Holland and in Europe."

The 43-year-old Van Basten will succeed Adrie Koster who took charge of Ajax on a caretaker basis following the departure of Henk ten Cate to Chelsea at the start of the season.

Van Basten, a triple UEFA European Footballer of the Year award winner, played for Ajax from 1981 to 1987 before leaving for AC Milan where he remained until 1995. He returned to Ajax as youth team coach between 2000-2004 before taking charge of the national team.