Dick Advocaat has confirmed that he is stepping down as Netherlands head coach and called on the next generation of Dutch coaches to step up. 

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The 70-year-old’s contract with the KNVB expires at the end of the month but he had remained coy on his future amid reports linking Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer with the national team job.

However, after Netherlands 3-0 victory over Romania on Tuesday evening it was confirmed on the KNVB website that Advocaat would be leaving. A statement read, “I stop because I think it’s time for another generation. I have not doubted it. It’s time for younger people, it’s time they show it.”

Advocaat won six of seven games during his third spell in charge of the national team. He has now won more games as Netherlands coach than any other manager, beating Bob Glendenning’s record of 36 victories.

The KNVB will now begin the search for a new head coach with Ronald Koeman the favourite to take over.

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