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Journalist: “Van Bommel is the best Dutch coach since Van Gaal”

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PSV Eindhoven’s Mark van Bommel has been hailed as the best Dutch coach since Louis van Gaal, says journalist Willem Vissers

The 41-year-old former midfielder was announced as Phillip Cocu’s replacement at PSV this summer.

Van Bommel, who spent seven years with PSV in two spells during his playing days, previously had only worked as a youth coach at the club and as an assistant to Bert van Marwijk at both Saudi Arabia and Austrailia.

Despite the lack of experience at senior level though, Van Bommel has won six games out of six at PSV with the club qualifying for the Champions League and sitting top of the Eredivisie table.

And after watching the Boeren thrash Willem II 6-1 on Saturday, Vissers is more convinced than ever about Van Bommel.

“Mark van Bommel is, I think, the best Dutch coach since Louis van Gaal,” wrote Vissers in his column for De Volkskrant, via Football-Oranje.

“He is a bit harder than Frank de Boer, more progressive than Cocu and more versatile than Van Bronckhorst, to name a few others.

“In Bert van Marwijk he has one of the best Dutch trainers of the last decade as a full-time advisor.”

He added: “As a Bayern Munich player he got into a fight with coach Louis van Gaal.

“Presumably, that was no coincidence. However different, Van Bommel has traits of Van Gaal, even though he is baptized with holy water from Limburg,”

Van Bommel won four Eredivisie titles as a player at PSV.

He also tasted domestic success in Spain, Germany and Italy and won the Champions League title with Barcelona in 2006.