Mark van Bommel has been officially confirmed as head coach of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
The 44-year-old has been confirmed as the successor to Oliver Glasner.
Glasner left Wolfsburg for Eintracht Frankfurt despite guiding the club to a Champions League spot.
He takes on his first role since leaving PSV Eindhoven in December 2019.
He takes Kevin Hofland, Michael Frontzeck, Alex Abresch and Vincent Heilmann with him.
Wolfsburg delighted with Van Bommel appointment
Wolfsburg sports director Jörg Schmadtke was all happy with Van Bommel’s appointment and he said;
“We spoke intensively with Mark van Bommel,” he said.
“In those conversations, our impression was confirmed: he fits perfectly with our philosophy.””
“Mark is an internationally recognized football expert and knows what to expect in the Bundesliga.”
“In addition, he has enormous ambition, which set him apart from the rest during his playing career.”
“This is a dream solution,” he added.
Meanwhile, Van Bommel said that it is of great honor to be appointed as Wolfsburg head coach.
“I am really looking forward to this challenge at Wolfsburg.”
“My ideas are identical to those of the club management. Working as a coach in the Bundesliga is a great honour.”
All eyes will now be on Van Bommel’s transfer targets.
The club is already linked with a number of Dutchmen including Mohamed Ihattaren, Steven Berghuis and Micky van de Ven.
His playing career
Van Bommel enjoyed a storied playing career, which began in his native Holland with Fortuna Sittard and PSV Eindhoven.
After lifting the 2005/06 Champions League during a one-season stint at Barcelona, he moved to Bayern.
He played under Felix Magath, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Jürgen Klinsmann, Jupp Heynckes, Andreis Jonker and countryman Louis van Gaal.
Van Bommel’s first post was as Netherlands U17s assistant.
He also worked as van Marwijk’s right-hand man in the Saudi Arabia and Australia dugouts, either side of steering the PSV U19s to the 2017/18 league title.
The former midfielder took his first head coach’s role at PSV in summer 2018.
He claimed a 59 per cent win ratio over his 75 competitive matches in charge, before being let go midway through the 2019/20 campaign.