BREAKING NEWS: Advocaat named Netherlands coach for third time

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The Dutch football association (KNVB) has confirmed the appointment of Dick Advocaat as Netherlands' new national team coach.

Oranje were seeking a replacement following the dismissal of Danny Blind in the wake of the World Cup qualification defeat at the hands of Bulgaria in March and they have now turned to Advocaat for the third time in his career.

Advocaat has been appointed until the end of Netherlands' qualifying campaign for Russia 2018, with his deal to be extended should they reach the finals.

Ruud Gullit has been chosen as assistant although he and Advocaat face a tall order, with Oranje sitting fourth in Group A with just seven points from five games, six points behind leaders France.

The 69-year-old's return as national team boss is somewhat controversial, with the veteran coach having left his position as Blind's assistant in favour of a move to Fenerbahce in August 2016 just three months after accepting the job.

The KNVB previously approached Henk ten Cate over the vacancy, but the 62-year-old turned down the job as he did not feel the full support of the association, paving the way for Advocaat to take over.

He first coached Netherlands between 1992 and 1994, leading them to the quarter-finals at the 1994 World Cup, where they were beaten by eventual winners Brazil.

Advocaat then returned for a second spell between 2002 and 2004, guiding his country to the semi-finals at Euro 2004.