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Advocaat to launch Dutch rescue mission next month
May 24, 2017
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The Hague: Dick Advocaat will take up his role as the new Dutch coach next month, officials said Tuesday, as he looks to salvage the country’s faltering 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 69-year-old is returning for a third spell in charge of the Netherlands, who are fourth in Group A ahead of the visit of minnows Luxembourg in just over a fortnight.

“Dick Advocaat will join the Dutch XI on Tuesday, June 6,” the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement. “The team, which will be preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg will also be joined by assistant coach Ruud Gullit,” it added.

Advocaat and former Ballon d’Or winner Gullit were drafted in on a “short-term” rescue mission by the Dutch federation earlier this month, with the pair signing contracts through until the end of the year.

Advocaat, a renowned disciplinarian, replaced Danny Blind after he was sacked in March following a 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria. The shock defeat left the three-time World Cup runners-up facing the prospect of failing to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia, having also missed out on Euro 2016.

Agence France-Presse

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