Former Chelsea boss agrees to take over Dutch national team after World Cup

Guus Hiddink

67-year-old Dutch coach Guus Hiddink will return to the Dutch national team setup for a second spell after this summer’s World Cup.

In a managerial career spanning over 30 years, Guus Hiddink is finally returning home.

Throughout his career, he has managed a number of Europe’s leading clubs including Valencia, Real Madrid, Chelsea and the Dutch national team.

Like many coaches, Guus Hiddink wasn’t a particularly outstanding footballer, and the highest he reached at club level was a two-year spell at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.

He learned his ways as a manager primarily as an assistant manager at De Graafschap, and later at PSV Eindhoven, before taking over the latter’s head coach role in 1987.

Fenerbache, Valencia, the Netherlands, Real Madrid, Real Betis, South Korea, a second spell at PSV Eindhoven, Australia and then Russia all followed before Premier League supporters could finally get to meet one of Europe’s most prominent managers of his generation.

He took over the Chelsea job in 2009 following the sacking of Luis Felipe Scolari as a favour for his friend Roman Abramovich, and instantly became a hero in West London.

At Chelsea, Huddink won the FA Cup and produced a near-perfect display against Barcelona, only to be cruelly denied a Champions League final spot by a last-minute away goal from Andres Iniesta in the infamous 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, Hiddink had unsuccessful spells as Turkey boss, and followed that with a brief spell at troubled Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala before resigning last summer.

After months of speculation, football Oranje report that Hiddink and the Dutch FA have put pen to paper on a two-year dea which will see him take over from the departing Louis Van Gaal after this summer's World Cup. Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy will join Danny Blind as assistant coaches.

The trio will be tasked with guiding the Netherlands to the 2016 European Championships, and they appear sure-fire favourites to win their qualifying group after being paired alongside Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan.

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