Dick Advocaat to manage Dutch national team
Dick Advocaat is the new manager of Netherlands with Ruud Gullit as his assistant.
Dick Advocaat, the veteran Dutch manager will be taking the helm of Netherlands national football team which will be his third stint as the Dutch boss.
At 69, Advocaat will be the oldest man ever in charge of Holland, surpassing the record of Guus Hiddink who was 68 at the time he departed the Oranje in 2015.
Advocaat will be assisted by Dutch legend and former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit who also played under Advocaat for Netherlands in 1994.
Advocaat, the man who in his cv has the experience of managing sides like PSV, Rangers, South Korea, Belgium etc will replace Danny Blind who was removed back in March after the dismal run of form by the Dutch in the World Cup qualifiers.
Netherlands are currently fourth in Group A. Blind was removed after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria. He also failed to take them to the Euros and all these compounded to his sacking.
The Dutch football Association(KNVB) announced the appointment of Advocaat and Gullit in a press conference on Tuesday morning. Hans van Breukelen, the Technical Director of Dutch FA said,”There were two scenarios. We opt for the longer term or we do everything that is possible to get to the 2018 World Cup. We chose the second scenario. It had to be a very experienced professional, preferably an authority.”
Dick Advocaat is currently in charge of Istanbul giants Fenerbahçe who are in third spot in Turkish Super Lig, 8 points behind league leaders Beşiktaş with 4 games to play. With the league title almost out of the reach, the main focus of Advocaat & Co. is the Turkish Cup after which he will step down and join the Dutch national side.
“It is unfortunate that Dick Advocaat can not join up with us untill later, but it is as it is”, said van Breukelen. Fred Grim will be the interim manager for the Dutch.
Dick Advocaat has been previously in charge of the Holland national team in two terms-1992-94 and 2002-04 and has been the Assistant manager of the Oranje before that in two stints. He took them to the 1994 World Cup quarters when Gullit was a player in the side.
Huub Stevens, Henk ten Cate were the two other names who were also in the run for the hotseat but KNVB ultimately gave nod to the experience of Advocaat to revive their World Cup dreams.