Former Newcastle and Sunderland Managers come together to manage Holland
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.
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