Dick Advocaat has been appointed the new head coach of Feyenoord, on a contract until the end of the season.
Advocaat has a resume that makes for impressive reading.
He has managed in the Dutch Eredivisie before, with AZ Alkmaar, FC Utrecht, Sparta Rotterdam, and PSV Eindhoven.
His other employers on a domestic level, include English side Sunderland, Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers, Turkey’s Fenerbache, Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach, and Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg.
Advocaat has a wealth of experience internationally too.
He has taken the helm of his native Holland on three separate occasions. There have also been stints with South Korea, Russia, the UAE, Belgium, and Serbia.
He is 72 years of age and has a total career in football that spans over 50 years.
He has had a working relationship with Feyenoord before when he took up a short term advisory role bacn in 2016.
There have been changes galore in the Rotterdam based club in the last 24 hours.
Along with Advocaat’s appointment the club also dismissed other technical staff.
In a statement from the club on their official website feyenoord.nl, the clarified those leaving the club as well as Advocaat’s position and tenure.
The statement read:
“Dick Advocaat immediately becomes Feyenoord’s new head coach.”
“The former national coach and Feyenoord have agreed to a contract until the end of this season.”
“Along with his arrival, Feyenoord has made a number of radical changes to the technical staff.”
“The club immediately says goodbye to staff members Jean-Paul van Gastel, Roy Makaay and Denny Landzaat.”
“Dick Advocaat has a rich and successful trainer career.”
“The new assistant coach Cor Pot has previously worked at FC Zenit Sint-Petersburg, Fenerbahçe SK and Sparta Rotterdam together with Advocaat.”
“John de Wolf is added to the technical staff by the club management.”
“Both Advocaat and the management want an assistant with an emphatic Feyenoord background in the staff.”
Advocaat said of his appointment:
“If I can help the club, I will gladly do so.”
“Just as I did in 2016 by watching Giovanni van Bronckhorst when things went a bit less.”
“I look forward to meeting the selection tomorrow and to be on the field with them.”
The clubs technical director Sjaak Troost explained the clubs choice of candidate.
“After Jaap Stam’s departure, we had to switch quickly.”
“If a trainer with the enormous track record of Dick Advocaat is available and willing to help the club for this season, you naturally do not have to think long about that as a club manager.”
“With his experience, authority and drive and with a largely renewed assistant team, we are confident that we will find our way up. ”
The Dutch side has definitely brought in a wealth of experience, in a hope to steady a troubled team.
They currently sit 12th in the league, having only won 3 of their opening 11 games.
Dick Advocaat is de nieuwe hoofdtrainer van #Feyenoord:
— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) October 30, 2019