van Ede brings experience to WNT set-up
The pair had known each other for a long time and worked closely together with the Netherlands Women's Senior Team, so it felt natural for Pauw to recruit the goalkeeping coach as part of her new set-up.
"He’s an A licence coach with a lot of experience coaching internationally. He knows the international pressure and he has huge experience in international competition, both on the men’s side and the women’s side," said Pauw of van Ede.
Pauw wanted to find the right balance with her coaching staff. The first call went to van Ede, but the second went to Eileen Gleeson, because she felt that having an Irish coach who knew the Women's National League and the history of the players was important.
Since forming, the trio have overseen two UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifiers - a home win over Ukraine and a draw away to Greece. Now, they are planning ahead for a double header at home to Greece (March 5) and away to Montenegro (March 11).
This is when the experience of van Ede will really matter as qualification for next summer's finals tournament in England heats up.
“It’s the same challenge we had 10 or 12 years ago with the Netherlands team and we have only one challenge: qualifying for England next year. We made it with the Netherlands national team for the first time, and we’ll try to do it again," said van Ede, who played over 400 games for FC Utrecht.
“It’s really a mission. That’s why we are here, Vera (Pauw) and I and the other staff members. It’s not only the Dutch, the Irish people they are very important to create a situation to qualify for England next year.”