Soccer-Feyenoord hire Sparta Prague coach to replace Liverpool-bound Slot

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  • Wednesday, 12 Jun 2024

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 - Second Leg - Liverpool v Sparta Prague - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - March 14, 2024 Sparta Prague coach Brian Priske before the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - Feyenoord Rotterdam have signed a three-year contract with Sparta Prague's Brian Priske to take over as coach after Arne Slot left for Liverpool.

The 47-year-old former international defender joins the Dutch club after leading Sparta Prague to successive league titles in the Czech Republic.

"We certainly did not rush into the search for a new coach," said Dennis te Kloese, technical director of Feyenoord, in a statement on Wednesday.

"It was a process that lasted many months, in which several colleagues besides myself were closely involved and many coaches were intensively followed to see who best fitted our desired profile.

"As a club, we want to build on the growth we have experienced and the successes we have achieved in recent years.

"After going through that process, Brian Priske turned out to be the logical and best choice for everyone involved.”

Priske also won the Danish championship with FC Midtjylland in 2020 and spent one season coaching at Royal Antwerp in Belgium.

As a player he competed in the Belgian league with Racing Genk and Club Brugge and was also on the books of Portsmouth in England.

Feyenoord were runners-up in the league this year under Slot but won the cup. Slot, who guided them to the title in 2023, is replacing Juergen Klopp at Liverpool.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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