Wiljan Vloet is confident he can revive NEC Nijmegen's fortunes after being appointed as the club's new manager.
The former PSV Eindhoven youth team coach began his latest job on Monday after replacing Dwight Lodeweges, who surprisingly resigned at the end of October after only taking charge at the start of the season.
Vloet inherits a side struggling in the Eredivisie relegation zone and has therefore been charged with the task of climbing the table, a challenge he is looking forward to.
He told his club's official website: "I know NEC have ambitions and which way we want to go.
"The club should be in another position, so that you are proud of NEC. This is not easy, but I am sure we are able to make a number of steps."
He added: "I've seen NEC play several times this season and in the early stages I thought they were an attractive, fresh-looking team.
Fight and grow
"But in the last match against RKC (a 1-0 home defeat) you could see that some things can be improved.
"However, I saw the willingness of players to fight and grow. But you still can only judge a team if you are working with them every day."
Technical director Carlos Aalbers said: "Vloet has a lot of experience, energy and focus. We think he is the person who NEC need now. We are all confident that NEC and Wiljan will be back to a position where we belong."
Vloet has been linked with a January move for ADO Den Haag midfielder Ricky van den Bergh, who is in hot water with his club after already earning three red cards having only arrived in the summer.
Ex-Heracles Almelo man Van den Bergh has been in contact with former Sparta Rotterdam colleague Vloet since his appointment, but a possible loan was not discussed.
Vloet is quoted as saying by sportweek.nl: "Ricky has just congratulated me. I'm not busy with external players."