Robin van Persie secures first coaching job

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Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie will return to Feyenoord for a third stint at the club, after agreeing to work alongside Dick Advocaat in a coaching capacity.

Van Persie started his career with Feyenoord and re-joined them in 2018, before officially retiring from football at the club in 2019.

The former Dutch international has agreed to help the coaching staff with the first-team forwards.

“It is not an official position, so it’s hard for me to give it a title. I don’t see myself as a strikers’ coach, for example,” Van Persie told the clubs’ website.

The arrangement was initiated by head coach Dick Advocaat, who worked with Van Persie at Fenerbahçe and elsewhere.

“Dick called me and asked if I wanted to come. And I couldn’t turn Dick down. I think it’s a win-win: I’ll find out here whether I like doing this and I’ll help the staff a bit.” said the former striker who has been capped 102 times by the national team.

The position at Feyenoord will be Van Persie’s first coaching role but the former striker will look help the club climb the Eredivise after finishing the 2019-2020 campaign in third place.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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