Netherlands appoints Dick Advocaat as national team coach

Posted May 10, 2017

55 - Dick Advocaat has been the Netherlands national team manager for 55 games, only Bob Glendenning managed more matches (87).

Advocaat, the former Sunderland manager, has been given a contract running until the end of the World Cup next year, if the country qualifies.

Former Netherlands player Ruud Gullit will also join the setup as an assistant to Advocaat.

Previous head coach Danny Blind was sacked after the Dutch lost to Bulgaria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in March.

The KNVB sporting director, Hans van Breukelen, offered some insight into why Advocaat was chosen for a third term. Oranje are are now fourth after five Group A games and six points behind the leaders France.

He retired again following arguments with Advocaat over tactics before the 1994 World Cup in the US.

"We had two possible scenarios", Van Breukelen added.

Van Breukelen said on the appointment, which comes just months after Advocaat left his role as an assistant with Oranje to take charge of Fenerbahce, "We are in a situation where we have to put sentiment to one side and focus on the quality the manager Dick Advocaat has". According to local media Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman, Frank de Boer, Henk ten Cate and German coach Roger Schmidt all turned the job down. I was still in talks with two candidates.

"I've never been to Ten Cate and said he would be coach". A vastly experienced coach who has won titles in Russia, Scotland and his native Netherlands and coached several other national teams, he has held this position on two previous occasions (1992-94 and 2002-04). The moment Fred Rutten dropped out of contention as assistant, it was clear that Henk ten Cate would not be [head coach].

Advocaat led Holland to the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals in the United States, where they lost against Brazil, and to the semi-finals at Euro 2004, at which they were knocked out by the hosts Portugal.