Former Rangers boss Advocaat in line for Galatasaray job

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The Dutchman has reportedly been approached by the Super Lig club over the vacant role.

Dick Advocaat is rumoured to be in line for a sensational return to club coaching, less than a year after announcing his retirement from the game.

The Dutchman had previously moved to end his managerial career at the conclusion of the 2012-13 Eredivisie season after finishing second with then club PSV Eindhoven and losing the Dutch cup final to AZ Alkmaar.

But media reports are now suggesting that the one-time Glasgow Rangers boss is being lined up as the new boss of Turkish giants Galatasaray.

The move comes after Fatih Terim stepped down from the role, following Gala’s disappointing start to the current campaign.

A 6-1 home defeat to Real Madrid – a team they beat 3-2 on their last visit to the Türk Telekom Arena – saw the Turkish giants extend a run of four games without a win.

And with Gala currently 10th in the Super Lig standings, Terim, the man known as ‘the Emperor’ in his home nation, made the decision to step down.

Rangers fans will have some positive memories of Advocaat’s time at Ibrox, with the Dutch coach leading the Gers to two Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup in just under three years at the club.

However his time at the club was also viewed as a period of excess for the Glasgow club though, with a series of big-money flops signed during the Dutchman’s reign.

The 65-year-old is thought to be among the preferred choices for the Gala job, with Roberto Mancini also linked with the vacant manager’s position.

Advocaat is likely to be the preferred choice for midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who previously linked up with the veteran boss during his time with the Netherlands international setup.

Whether this will be enough to convince him to make a return to the world of management remains to be seen.

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