Tuesday morning sees an official announcement declaring that Dick Advocaat and Ruud Gullit are the new management team for Holland.

The 69 year old former Sunderland boss has left Fenerbahce and now takes over the Dutch national team job for the third time, having also been the Netherlands’ assistant boss three times previously.

Former Newcastle Manager Ruud Gullit has also been confirmed, he will be Advocaat’s assistant as they attempt to turn around their country’s fortunes on the pitch.

Making the announcement, the Dutch FA’s technical director, Hans van Breukelen:

“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.”

Holland had a disastrous Euro 16 qualifying campaign and didn’t come close to appearing the finals in France.

Now Danny Blind has got the sack after that carried through to the group games for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

After five of the 10 group matches played, Group A has France on 13 points, then Sweden 10 points and Bulgaria 9, before you get to Holland on 7 points, only Belarus and Luxembourg below them.

As well as numerous club teams, Dick Advocaat is vastly experienced in international football and has managed United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Belgium, Russia and Serbia in the past.

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.



  • Wor Lass

    I had to giggle years ago when a commentator on a Rangers game said at half time, “Advocaat`s had his warnings.” You might need to thinkabout it – and it helps if you ever bought a Snowball for the missus back in the day!

    • Rich Lawson

      Funny.

    • Jezza

      Quite a good pun if he meant it. Brings back memories too. Christmas in the 70’s ha ha, You always kept a bottle of Advocaat in because there would always be some silly owld biddy who wanted a snowball. The stuff was like thick yellow paint and looked like the last thing you’d want to drink but the chemical reaction when you put the lemonade in was always quite impressive.

      • Wor Lass

        It was Alan Green – he didn`t mean it!

        When I worked behind a bar I had to learn to make them – the secret ingredient to a top-notch Snowball was a dash of lime juice. Very exotic!

  • Rich Lawson

    That’s them doomed then.I always want to see Shearer suddenly punch Gullit on motd,do they talk to each other off camera ?

  • MadMag83

    That’s their best players dropped to the bench then!