Andries Jonger returns as Orange Women’s National Coach. The 59-year-old Amsterdammer has signed a contract until the European Championships in 2025.
The KNVB now calls Jonger the most obvious choice, two weeks after his predecessor Mark Parsons was sacked. Jonker could start immediately with a crucial World Cup qualifier against Iceland in Utrecht on September 6. With a win, the Orange will qualify for next year’s finals in Australia and New Zealand.
“We saw at the last European Championship how incredibly fast women’s football has grown in recent years. We have ambitious goals, but there is a lot of quality and talent we can attract towards the 2023 World Cup,” Jonker said. “It’s definitely a pleasure to guide it.”
Jonker has already been at FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his coaching career as an assistant to current men’s national coach Louis van Gaal. In recent years he was a trainer and technical director at Telstar, where he decided to stop a few months ago.
Since then, Jonger has had a break. “It’s not bad at all,” he said on a terrace in Monnikendum in early July. “It gives you time to think and organize things. It makes you feel better after the break than before.”
2001 as National Coach
Jonker was also in charge of the Orange girls for a year in 2001, then playing soccer in midfield alongside successful coach Sarina Weikman. “I’ve experienced firsthand how beautiful it is to work with an ambitious, dedicated team of players.”
Jonker had been approached before his return as Weigman’s successor. But he refused and the union elected Parsons.
Jonger was previously approached by the KNVB for national coach Orange Girls
Now Jan Dirk van der Zee on behalf of the KNVB has succeeded in convincing Jonger.
“He’s been on our list for a while,” admitted Driver. “So it’s good news that he wants to step up so quickly to lead the team to qualify for the World Cup. At the end of the day, the Orange girls always have to play for the prizes, and that’s how Andries sees it.”
The profile of the new national coach created by the KNVB after Wikmann’s departure in the summer of 2021: “A Sarina plus. Someone who can surpass Sarina, who understands women’s football very well.”
Parsons failed to do so, with a famous dismissal in the quarter-finals of the European Championship against France, a performance that was particularly disappointing. Jonker’s catch-up could be of immediate use in World Cup qualifying, where Parsons did the damage with two tough draws against the Czech Republic.
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