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Dick Advocaat to be hired as Netherlands coach

10 May 2017, 04:23 | Marlene Fleming

Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat takes charge of Holland for the third time with Ruud Gullit confirmed as his assistant

The Dutch FA have appointed veteran tactician Dick Advocaat as their new senior national team coach.

The former PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, Zenit St Petersburg and Sunderland boss will stay in charge of Turkish side Fenerbahce for the rest of the domestic season and van Breukelen believes Advocaat is the ideal man "who can increase discipline in the (players') group and bring back the joy to our play".

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has been named by media as a likely assistant for Advocaat.

"I am very happy with the appointment of Advocaat and Gullit", KNVB sporting director Hans van Breukelen said.

Blind's 20-month spell was a forgettable one as he failed to guide the team to the 2016 European Championships.

The Oranges are now struggling in Group A, six points behind group leaders France and three points behind Sweden, who occupy the playoff place.

KNVB technical director Hans van Breukelen believes Advocaat, who is now employed at Turkish club Fenerbahce, is the right man to get the Dutch back on track for next year's showpiece tournament in Russian Federation and told "I welcome the appointments of Advocaat and Gullit".

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He has been appointed until the end of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and his deal will be extended should Netherlands reach Russian Federation.

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Advocaat, 69, returns for a third stint in charge of the team, having previously managed the Oranje between 1992 and 1994 and from 2002 to 2004.

He guided Netherlands to the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup and the semi-final stage at Euro 2004.

Advocaat is vastly experienced in global football having also managed United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia during his lengthy managerial career.

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