‘Rudi’ Krol is Bucs’ new coach


His contract is up until the end of the 2011/12 season.

Bucs’ official Floyd Mbele confirmed this to KickOff.com tonight.

“Yes, it’s true we have a new coach, but you will get more details on our website shortly,” he added.

Krol, who was capped 83 times for Holland, began his playing career at Ajax Amsterdam in 1968 and stayed with them for 12 years.

He moved to the NASL to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps for one season. He then joined SSC Napoli where he played for the next four seasons. His last club before he retired in 1986 was the French club AS Cannes.

He was a crucial component in the Total Football side of the 1970s. A versatile defender, he could play in any position along the back four or midfield.

In the 1974 Fifa World Cup, in which Holland reached the final, Krol primarily played at left-back. He created Cruyff’s goal against Brazil and scored a 25-yard screamer against Argentina.

They fell at the final hurdle, losing 2-1 to West Germany.

By the time the 1978 Fifa World Cup came about, Krol had switched to playing as a sweeper and had earned the captain's armband after the retirement of Cruyff.

Krol had a fine tournament, but was unable to prevent Holland from falling to their second Final defeat, this time losing 3-1 to Argentina.

In his managerial career, he has been head coach of Egyptian national team, and has been assistant manager of Holland (under Louis van Gaal) and Ajax (under Ronald Koeman).

He became interim manager of Ajax after the resignation of Koeman. He was manager of AC Ajaccio in France Ligue 2 from 2006 to 2007.

He was appointed the manager of Egyptian giants Zamalek in August 2007, returning to the club he once managed between 1997 and 1999, winning the Afro-Asian Club Championship in the process at the time.