The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has sought the services of Wim Koevermans, former India coach, as the Dutchman is set to join as the Deputy Technical Director next month, Goal understands.
Koevermans served as the Indian national coach for over two years before he parted ways in October 2014. When contacted, Koevermans chose not to comment on the above-mentioned development.
Following a brief sabbatical, for the last year or so, Koevermans has been the Head Tutor for the Pro-License coaching courses conducted by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB).
As a player, he has made one appearance for the Dutch national team and was part of the Euro 1988 winning squad under Rinus Michels but wasn’t used in any of the matches in the competition. He represented his hometown’s FC Vlaardingen, Fortuna Sittard and FC Groningen.
Following his retirement, he went on to become the assistant manager at FC Groningen, thereafter spending a couple of seasons at RBC Roosendaal which was his first full-fledged managerial role where he guided them to 15th and 13th place finish in the Eerste Divisie, which is the second highest division in the Netherlands.
He earned his first job in the Eredivisie when he managed NEC in the 1996-97 season which wasn’t a rosy affair given that he just about managed to save them from relegation in spite of having finished 17th in an 18-team league only by virtue of winning the promotion/relegation play-offs.
At MVV Maastricht, in his first season, he took them to a 14th place finish but couldn’t save them the following season from going down as they lost their promotion/relegation play-off after finishing 16th in the league. He failed to guide them back to Eredivisie in the 2000-01 season as they were 13th on the table.
Koevermans served as the youth coach for the Netherlands senior team between 2002 to 2008 and also the Ireland U-21 side in 2010 on a temporary basis. He was also the High Performance Director for Football Association of Ireland (FAI).