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AZ Alkmaar hire John van den Brom, Aron Johannsson gets new manager

Harry Engels

Aron Johannsson has a new manager: John van den Brom. AZ Alkmaar hired the former Anderlecht manager to replace Marco van Basten, who resigned last week after dealing with health issues related to the pressures of managing.

Johannsson still hasn't played this season, having dealt with a couple of operations. He is expected to return next month and will be a welcome addition to a team that has been fine, but hardly great. They have nine points from six matches and have scored only eight goals. The collection of players they have tried using to replace Johannsson have totaled just two goals so far this season.

Van den Brom had a long playing career, primarily for Vitesse, but also spending two years with Ajax and earning three caps for the Netherlands. He then moved onto management, leading five teams in the Eredivisie before leaving for Anderlecht. There, he won the league in 2013 and built a pretty competitive side for the Champions League -- also managing Sacha Kljestan -- but he was sacked in March.

Van den Brom doesn't have an overly specific style and his teams have been pretty balanced. He will likely keep the 4-2-3-1 that AZ have been using and Johannsson should be able to slot right back in up top when fit. He will also get the tutoring of the legendary striker van Basten, who is staying on to work with players in training.