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Advocaat set for third stint as Holland boss

Advocaat turns 70 in September Credit: PA

Dick Advocaat is set to be appointed Holland coach for a third time, according to reports.

The former Rangers and Sunderland boss, who turns 70 in September, would become his country's oldest ever national coach. He would usurp 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.

Dutch Football Association (KNVB) technical director Hans van Breukelen will speak about the appointment on Wednesday, according to De Telegraaf.

Advocaat has had two previous stints as national boss, from 1992-1994 and 2002-2004, 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.

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


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