Dennis van der Ree will finish the season as FC Groningen’s head coach, the club have announced.
The former Cambuur defender joined the club originally as assistant manager to Frank Wormuth, who resigned back in November over Groningen’s form which left them a point above the relegation zone just before the World Cup in Qatar.
Van der Ree told the club’s website he is looking forward to the challenge and believes the side can turn things around and avoid getting involved in a relegation fight.
He said: “It is a very nice opportunity that presents itself unexpectedly for me. I am convinced that together with the rest of my staff I can help the club and achieve FC Groningen-worthy results.
“I am grateful to the club for the confidence it has placed in me. Together with the people around me and the group of players, we will work hard on a good 2023.”
Technical director Mark-Jan Fledderus said Van der Ree has left a lasting impression on the board having seen his day-to-day approach to the job since he joined the club last month.
He said: “Since Dennis took over as the final responsible trainer in December, we have been able to see him intensively at work every day, especially during the training camp in Spain. Dennis made an excellent impression on us, the players and staff.
“We have therefore chosen to give him confidence for the rest of this season. We wish Dennis and the entire technical staff every success in the second half of the season.”