AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Former Dutch soccer star Marco van Basten will coach Ajax next season.
He agreed to a four-year contract and will start July 1, the Dutch club said Friday. The one-time Ajax and AC Milan striker had already said he will step down as Netherlands coach after the European Championship in June.
Van Basten will succeed Adrie Koster. He emerged as the top choice for the job after Dutch soccer great and close friend Johan Cruyff agreed to help overhaul the ailing club.
Van Basten also had been mentioned as a possible coach at FC Barcelona after Frank Rijkaard came under pressure following inconsistent play this season.
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