Dwight Lodeweges (63) will not continue to be active as an assistant national coach of Orange. He will be the assistant of Art Langeler at PEC Zwolle. Lodeweges signs a contract for 2 seasons, De Stentor reports. Lodeweges will be standing in front of the group next to Langeler on Tuesday.
That means that Lodeweges will not stay with Orange. The KNVB still had an option to extend Lodeweges’ contract. This was not used after De Boer’s departure. “The option had to be lifted today, but we both agree that now is not the time,” Lodeweges said after Frank de Boer’s departure as national coach. “To record that a new coach must necessarily work with me, that is not logical. The KNVB thinks so and I think so too.”
Man from PEC Zwolle
Lodeweges has also worked in Zwolle twice before. He first arrived there in 1998, when he was head coach there for 3 years. In 2016 Lodeweges, renowned for his football knowledge, football vision and analytical skills, returned to Zwolle. First with the youth, later he became an assistant to John van ‘t Schip, who at that time was responsible for the former with varying degrees of success. Lodeweges was also head coach at FC Groningen, NEC, SC Cambuur and SC Heerenveen. Subsequently, he was active as an assistant national coach. First by Ronald Koeman, later by Frank de Boer.
Interim national coach
In addition, Lodeweges was also on the bench at Orange as an interim national coach. With Lodeweges as ultimately responsible, the Orange lost 0-1 to Italy in the Nations League and then Poland was defeated 1-0.