DICK ADVOCAAT has been named Holland manager for the third time after Danny Blind was sacked in March.
The 69-year-old, who will be assisted by Dutch legend Ruud Gullit, is currently the Fenerbache manager and had announced that he would retire at the end of the season.
But the call of his country once again has turned the head of the former Rangers and Sunderland boss.
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The veteran coach is returning to the Dutch national team aiming to kick them into shape fast and save the country’s World Cup hopes.
Advocaat will return for a third stint in charge of the team, taking over from Blind, sacked after the Dutch were felled 2-0 by Bulgaria.
The shock defeat has left the once proud side clinging to only the slimmest of hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia.
The appointment of Advocaat was “a short term” strategy, admitted KNVB federation’s technical director Hans van Breukelen to reporters, adding it was “just to qualify for the World Cup”.
Advocaat previously managed the national side from 1992 to 1994 and 2002 to 2004.
The Netherlands, three-time World Cup runners-up, have endured a tough time in recent years, failing to qualify for Euro 2016 in France and now facing the prospect of being a humiliating World Cup no-show.
The defeat in Sofia left the side fourth in qualifying group A, trailing six points behind leaders France.
The Dutch team’s next qualifying match is on June 9 against Luxembourg.
It first faces two upcoming friendlies, against Morocco on May 31 and the Ivory Coast on June 4.
Advocaat is under contract until June 1 with the Turkish club, but should be allowed to join the Dutch for the friendly against Morocco, Breukelen told a press conference.