Fenerbahçe signs former PSV coach Philip Cocu

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PSV Eindhoven's Dutch coach Phillip Cocu attends the UEFA Champions League group D football match between PSV Eindhoven and Bayern Munich at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on November 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

Turkey’s Fenerbahçe football club has named former PSV Eindhoven coach Philip Cocu as its new manager.

After a brilliant five years at PSV, Cocu signed a three-year contract with the Turkish team, new Fenerbahçe Chairman Ali Koç announced on Friday.

“I have to say I am very impressed with the club’s plans for the near future,” Cocu said.

Cocu led PSV to a championship last year, its third title in the last four years, outperforming its rival Ajax.

He played as a midfielder for Spanish giant Barcelona between 1998 and 2004 and started to coach PSV in 2013, where he had also spent six years also a footballer.

“Our sporting director Damien Comolli conducted a yearlong search within the framework of the vision and the targets that were assigned to him. Philip Cocu stood out when the search was completed,” Fenerbahçe Chairman Koç said in a written statement published on the team’s website.

Cocu will start his new job on June 28, when the team goes to camp in preparation for the new season.

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