Andries Jonker was announced Wednesday as the next head coach of the Netherlands women’s national team.
He succeeds Mark Parsons, who parted ways with the team after the defending champions were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Euros in July.
Jonker has signed on through 2025, according to the Dutch soccer federation.
🇳🇱@oranjevrouwen has their new coach👋 Andries Jonker has signed a contract with the team until 2025. pic.twitter.com/iBnGZM03bi— ata football (@atafball) August 24, 2022
🇳🇱@oranjevrouwen has their new coach👋 Andries Jonker has signed a contract with the team until 2025. pic.twitter.com/iBnGZM03bi
“During the last European Championship, we saw how incredibly fast women’s football has developed in recent years,” Jonker said. “We have ambitious goals, but also an enormous amount of quality and talent that we can draw on for the 2023 World Cup.”
This is not his first time with the team. The 59-year-old briefly served as interim head coach for the Netherlands in 2001. The Netherlands native later went to work as an assistant at men’s clubs FC Barcelona, VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich. He also served as first-team manager for Wolfsburg and academy manager at Arsenal.
Starting in 2019, he managed Sportclub Telstar, a member of the second-tier Dutch men’s league, but he left the club in June.
Jonker will begin immediately, coaching the team in a friendly against Scotland on Sept. 2 followed by a World Cup qualifying match against Iceland on Sept. 6. A win in the latter would assure the team of a spot in next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.