Advocaat takes charge of the Netherlands for third time

Rosalie Stanley
May 10, 2017

He succeeds Danny Blind, who was sacked on March 26 after a 2-0 loss against Bulgaria in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. Oranje are are now fourth after five Group A games and six points behind the leaders France.

Advocaat and Gullit kick off with what should be an easy win over Luxembourg at home in June, though that then is followed by a vital two match period at the end of August/beginning of September, with a game away against France then home to Bulgaria.

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"We chose to go for the second option and therefore we needed an experienced trainer, someone with authority". "It had to be a very experienced professional, preferably an authority", Van Breukelen told members of the media, as quoted by The Guardian.

Interim boss Fred Grim will remain in charge until Advocaat and Gullit join together, which looks likely to be when Fenerbahce's involvement in the Turkish Cup is over in early June.

Advocaat has had two previous stints as national boss.

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Heated words were exchanged at the press conference over why former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal or current UAE trainer Henk ten Cate were not chosen for the job.

Ten Cate, who is now coach of Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates, had claimed he was promised the role only for the offer to be withdrawn. Ten Cate even got the offer to be the head coach, but after one day KNVB's Hans van Breukelen backed down and moved to Advocaat as the number one option. "Henk also knew that I could talk to Dick".

Advocaat previously managed the national side from 1992 to 1994 and 2002 to 2004. UEFA.com meets the worldwide bosses who had the most spells in charge of their teams.

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

Advocaat has a tough task to turn around their Group A campaign as they aim to earn a place in Russian Federation next year with the Dutch now six points behind leaders France at the halfway stage in qualifying.

The 69-year-old has had stints managing the national teams of the UAE, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia.

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