Dick Advocaat has rejected the chance to become the new head coach of Feyenoord.

With Giovanni van Bronckhorst leaving at the end of the season, Advocaat was Feyenoord’s number one candidate.

The veteran coach was Feyenoord director Martin van Geel’s ideal candidate to take over for a year before passing the ropes to Dirk Kuyt. However, Advocaat has now rejected the offer, due to the negative response around his potential appointment.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Advocaat said, “I had an introductory meeting with Feyenoord. I’m not going to talk about that, that was a conversation without one of the parties already drawing conclusions, but I decided not to follow up on that first conversation.

“Feyenoord is a very big club and for me it was really a great honour to be able to work there, but there has been such a negative atmosphere about my possible appointment that I came to this decision, because that negative atmosphere, that’s not what Feyenoord is waiting for. and me neither.”

Feyenoord now must switch to plan B to replace Van Bronckhorst. Henk Fraser and Maurice Steijn are the other names to be linked with the position so far.

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