After months of speculation the Dutch FA (KNVB) and Guus Hiddink have finally put pen to paper on a deal which sees the 67-year-old return for a second spell in charge of the Dutch national team.
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Along with Hiddink, the Dutch FA have also confirmed his assistants: Ruud van Nistelrooy and Danny Blind. The trio signed a two year deal until EURO 2016 in France. Accordig to Voetbal International, Danny Blind has remained with KNVB to succeed Hiddink after this period.
Talks with current goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek are still ongoing, whilst Jaap Stam has turned down the possibility of joining Hiddink’s staff. Jan Wouters appears to be another target, this is however denied by his current employer FC Utrecht. Current press officer Kees Jansma will leave his post after this summer’s World Cup so he will need to be replaced as well.
Guus Hiddink will be in charge of the Dutch for the second time in his managerial career following spells with PSV, Fenerbahce, Valencia, Real Madrid, Anzhi and the national sides of Australia and South Korea. Hiddink led the Koreans to a very surprising fourth place at the 2002 World Cup.
He will be expected to qualify for EURO 2016 from a group including Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan.