Dick Advocaat is set to be appointed Holland coach for a third time, according to reports in the country.
Advocaat, who turns 70 in September, would become his country’s oldest ever national coach, usurping Guus Hiddink, who was 68 when he left the hot-seat in June 2015.
Hiddink’s successor Danny Blind, who was unable to lead the team to Euro 2016, was sacked in March this year in the wake of their World Cup qualifying loss to Bulgaria.
The Oranje have suffered two defeats in their opening five Group A games and sit fourth in the pool, already six points behind leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden.
The appointment of the well-travelled 69-year-old, who is currently manager of Turkish club Fenerbahce, will be confirmed as soon as the paperwork has been completed, according to De Telegraaf.
The Dutch paper also says the country’s Football Association (KNVB) technical director Hans van Breukelen will speak about the situation on Wednesday, .
Advocaat has had two previous stints as national boss, from 1992 to 1994 and 2002 to 2004, and three as assistant, including most recently last year. Only Rinus Michels has had so many spells in charge.
Former captain Ruud Gullit looks set to be named Advocaat’s number two. The 54-year-old won the last five of his 66 caps towards the end of Advocaat’s first tenure, before a dispute over tactics in the build-up to the 1994 World Cup signalled the end of Gullit’s international career.
Culled from:Daily Mail
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