Guus Hiddink was today confirmed as the new Netherlands coach and he will take over from Louis van Gaal after this summer’s World Cup.

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hiddink asdThe 67-year-old had been expected to take over from Van Gaal for months, after the current boss announced his intention to return to club football, but the deal was only confirmed today.

Hiddink has signed a two year deal, and will be assisted by Danny Blind, and Ruud van Nistelrooy, with their task to qualify for Euro 2016 from a group which contains Turkey and Czech Republic.

The KNVB have also announced that after Hiddink’s two year contract is up, Danny Blind will then take over and lead the team towards the World Cup in 2018.

Speaking on his appointment, Hiddink said, “I am honoured to return as coach for the Dutch team. With Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy we also have a solid team with a lot of football knowledge and experience.

“It is wonderful that I can oversee my own succession. In this way the football vision for the Dutch team in the long term can be guaranteed.”

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