Hiddink to replace Van Gaal as Netherlands coach after World Cup

Guus Hiddink will coach the Netherlands national team after the 2014 World Cup.

Holland have tied down a succession of national team managers, having confirmed Guus Hiddink as Louis van Gaal’s successor after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and Danny Blind as boss for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The experienced Hiddink, 67, who previously managed Holland between 1994 and 1998, will take charge of their campaign for the Euro 2016 competition in France and will be assisted by Blind as well as former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Former Holland international Blind, who is currently part of Van Gaal’s coaching staff, will then take over from Hiddink for the 2018 campaign after extending his contract with the KNVB for a further four years.

Van Nistelrooy, who retired from football in 2012, follows on from a series of former internationals who have joined the Holland coaching staff such as current Ajax boss Frank de Boer, Phillip Cocu and Patrick Kluivert.

Former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Hiddink, who has previously managed South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey, said: "I am honoured to return.

"In Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy we have a solid team with a lot of football knowledge and experience, and naming a succession of managers in this way means the football vision of the Dutch team can be guaranteed in the long term."


Dutch FA general director Bert van Oostveen added: "With Hiddink we get a Dutch coach with a wealth of international experience and successes. He has proven his ability at every club and national association he has worked at.

"Blind has proven his worth at the KNVB in recent years. The next two years he has a chance to grow under Hiddink, and with Van Nistelrooy we once again add a former international football player to the staff. It goes without saying that we have a lot of faith in this coaching team."

Meanwhile, current Holland boss Van Gaal has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League after he steps down in the summer and he has been heavily linked with replacing Tim Sherwood at Tottenham.

Van Gaal met with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy after the north London club sacked Andre Villas-Boas last November but turned down the chance to become Tottenham manager because of his commitment to the national team.