Netherlands appoints Dick Advocaat as national team coach

Advocaat most recently was manager of Fenerbahce. Image Depo

Advocaat most recently was manager of Fenerbahce. Image Depo

KNVB Technical Director Hans Van Breukelen spoke to the press on Tuesday to announce Dick Advocaat as the new Netherlands head coach.

The 69-year-old is now the Fenerbache manager and had announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

Netherlands legend and former Chelsea and Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit has been named as Advocaat's assistant and the pair will be in the dugout for the first time in the qualifier against Luxembourg on June 9, with interim boss Fred Grim staying as caretaker for upcoming friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast.

Blind was sacked after their 2018 World Cup qualification defeat to Bulgaria in March this year, with the team now sitting fourth in Group A, with just seven points from five games, six points behind leaders France.

Advocaat has been charged with ensuring that the National team qualifies for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) made the announcement in the city of Zeist on Tuesday.

Advocaat led Netherlands to the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, where they lost to Brazil, and to the semifinals at Euro 2004, at which they were knocked out by hosts Portugal. They trail Group A leaders France by six points, while Sweden and the Bulgarians are three and two points ahead respectively.

Advocaat will be assisted by Ruud Gullit.

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"There were two scenarios", he said, per the Guardian. 'We chose the second scenario.

He retired again following arguments with Advocaat over tactics before the 1994 World Cup in the US. We needed an experienced coach with authority.

Van Breukelen revealed a foreigner as coach had been "a possibility", but that the final three candidates on the list were all Dutchmen - Advocaat, Huub Stevens and Henk ten Cate.

"I never said he would become" the coach, said Van Breukelen, and "now I'm glad that we did not end up choosing him".

If not, the KNVB "will think about what to do", added Van Breukelen.

"I am thinking in couples".

As well as numerous club teams, Dick Advocaat is vastly experienced in global football and has managed United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia in the past.

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