Former Chelsea Boss To be Netherlands Boss After the World Cup

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Hiddink to replace Louis van Gaal.

Former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink will take over from Louis van Gaal as Netherlands head-coach after the World Cup, the Dutch Footall Federation (KNVB) has confirmed.

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Hiddink, who indicated months ago on Dutch radio that he would return, will bring in former internationals Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy as his main assistants.

The 67-year-old was in charge of the Dutch team that came fourth at the 1998 World Cup but ended a three year stint shortly after the finals.

The former South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey boss will coach the side until the 2016 European championships in France and former Sparta Rotterdam and Ajax defender Blind, 52, will then take over until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the KNVB said.

Former striker Van Nistelrooy, 37, played with clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid.

“It’s an honour to return as coach of the Netherlands,” Hiddink said in a statement released by the KNVB.

“With Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy, we also have a solid team with a great knowledge of football and experience.”

Hiddink is a national hero in South Korea after taking the national side to fourth place at the 2002 World Cup finals they co-hosted.

He has also coached  Real Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Chelsea, and left the Russian club Anzhi in July 2013.

Van Gaal, 62, had already indicated he would leave after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has been linked with Tottenham and Man United.

The Netherlands were runners-up at the 2010 World Cup but slumped to three defeats in as many matches at Euro 2012.

They are drawn in Group B for the World Cup with title-holders Spain, Chile and Australia.

For Euro 2016 they are in Group A qualifying group with the Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan.

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