Guus Hiddink reveals he is to take over as Holland manager after the World Cup

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss will take over from Louis van Gaal after the tournament in Brazil

Former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is set to return as manager of Holland’s national side, replacing Louis van Gaal after the World Cup.

Hiddink was in charge of Holland for four years between 1994 and 1998 guiding them to the quarter-finals of the 1996 European Championships and the 1998 World Cup semi-finals during a troubled first spell as manager filled with player confrontations and team disputes.

The Dutchmen will have a stellar line up of assistant coaches to help him this time around when he reprises his role as the Dutch boss. Former players Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy will all be part of his coaching team.

Hiddink, who won the FA Cup in 2009 during his caretaker spell at Chelsea, has said he and the KNVB (the Dutch FA) will finalise contracts talks with the next few days.

In an interview with Dutch broadcaster NOS, Hiddink said: “I am working with the KNVB to create a coaching team around me. We will need a few days or maybe a couple of weeks.

“It will be a great team. I will not be a free-wheeling coach. When I do something I want to do it as well as I can - otherwise I would not do it.”

The 67 year old will be in charge for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign with the Netherlands in Group A being drawn against Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan.

The former Real Madrid manager left his job at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala last summer and has been helping the coaching staff at PSV Eindhoven since.

Hiddink has plenty of international experience on his CV having managed South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey in the past.

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