Dick Advocaat believes Ruud Gullit should be the new Netherlands national team head coach.

When Advocaat was appointed Netherlands coach in 2017 he appointed Gullit as his assistant. He now believes Gullit should be given the position on a full-time basis.

He told Voetbal International, “A national coach must have charisma. Especially towards those players. They have to want to take things from you, they have to take a national coach seriously. That would certainly be the case with Gullit.

“Make Ruud national coach and you will not be fooled anywhere in the world.”

Looking back at their time together with Oranje, Advocaat said, “Wherever we came with Oranje, everyone wanted to visit Ruud. When we lost in France, the first thing all those great French players did was visit Ruud Gullit. I actually thought that was phenomenal to see, the appearance of that man. A Dutch person who loosens up so much in the world, shouldn’t we be careful with that? Shouldn’t we make use of such a man? I do not understand that Ruud is not active in any position within the KNVB. There is no better ambassador than he is.”




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