Guus Hiddink Confirmed by the Netherlands as Louis Van Gaal's Replacement

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  FC Anji Makhachkala Head Coach Guus Hiddink reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Liverpool FC and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield on October 25, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The Dutch FA has confirmed Guus Hiddink will take charge of the Netherlands after the World Cup in Brazil.

Joe Wright of writes that the managerial veteran will be joined by Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy, who are to become his assistants. 

And the Dutch FA also confirmed Blind will succeed Hiddink in 2016, putting him in charge of their next World Cup qualifying campaign.

Dutch Football tweeted:

Van Nistelrooy also took to Twitter to confirm his new appointment:


Wright reports that the former Chelsea manager has signed a two-year deal with the Dutch FA, taking his country through to the next European Championships.

Wright quotes Hiddink saying:

It's an honour to return as coach of the national team. With Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy we've got a strong team with a lot of knowledge and experience. For me it's great that I can ready my own successor. In this way the football vision for the national team of Holland is guaranteed for the long term. It's a great benefit for the national team and KNVB [Dutch FA]

The director of the Dutch FA, Bert van Oostveen, also added his opinion, per Wright's report:

With Hiddink we've got a Dutch coach with a lot of international experience and success. He has proved himself as a great coach with the clubs and national teams he's worked with. We're also very happy with the rest of the technical staff.

Hiddink has been available for employment since departing from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala last summer and is widely regarded as one of the elite coaches in world football. 

He has vast experience of international football already, having managed the Netherlands to fourth place at the 1998 World Cup finals and also having periods in charge with South Korea, Australia and Russia.

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The Dutch FA has displayed a good level of forward planning by appointing Hiddink and to have his successor work with him for two years. The governing body has scaffolded the transition period by bringing in one of the truly great coaches operating in world football today and to reinforce a longer-term vision.

This is a great example of how many other nations and football clubs should support their own transitional periods. It gives young coaches the opportunities to learn from the most experienced heads rather than just drowning on their own, leading to the sack.

Blind and Van Nistelrooy can lead the Netherlands for many years to come, but Hiddink will give them all the skills they need to excel in their positions. The risk factor is greatly reduced by having Hiddink involved in the very near future.

With the Netherlands' hugely talented squad, and a fresh and dynamic approach from Blind, the country can go from strength to strength and continue to compete at the highest levels possible.