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Hiddink appointed to manage the Netherlands after World Cup

Hiddink appointed to manage the Netherlands after World Cup
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Guus Hiddink will take charge of the Dutch national football team for a second time following this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Although being the overwhelming front-runner for some time the Dutch football association (KNVB) on Friday confirmed Hiddink will replace Louis van Gaal, who several months ago announced he will step down after Brazil.

67-year-old Hiddink, who steered the Netherlands to a fourth place finish at the 1998 World Cup in France during his first spell in charge, will manage the team on a two-year contract.

In an unusual move the KNVB also announced that Hiddink will then hand over the reins to former international defender Danny Blind, who will replace him after Euro 2016.

52-year-old Blind and former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will serve as Hiddink’s assistants during his time in charge.

Van Gaal meanwhile has been linked with a move to the English Premier League when his contract expires later this year.

Media speculation link the 62-year-old with a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United with mangers Tim Sherwood and David Moyes failing to impress at their respective clubs this campaign.