Reports: Advocaat tabbed to steady wobbly Netherlands

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It was less than two months ago that veteran manager Dick Advocaat said he’d be retiring at the end of Fenerbahce’s season.

Now reports say the former Sunderland boss is going to take charge of the Netherlands national team as early as this week.

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Advocaat, 69, has twice helmed the national team and thrice served as assistant manager, so his return is not a big surprise despite his retirement talk.

The manager inherits the side midway through World Cup qualifying, and the Dutch are six points out of an automatic qualifying spot — three points behind second place Sweden — in the race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Netherlands has lost to Bulgaria and is yet to keep a clean sheet through five matches.

A former Chicago Sting player, Advocaat also led Belgium, Russia, Serbia, UAE, and South Korea, and has plenty of experience in club soccer as well. He has managed PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar, Rangers, and Borussia Monchengladbach in his long career.