Former Rangers and Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has been unveiled as Holland’s new head coach for the third time, with Ruud Gullit as his assistant.
The 70-year-old becomes the country’s oldest national team coach, beating Gus Hiddink who was 68 when he quit the role in June 2015.
Advocaat’s predecessor, Danny Blind, was sacked in March after failing to lead the Dutch to Euro 2016 and following their World Cup qualifier defeat to Bulgaria.
The Dutch FA’s technical director, Hans van Breukelen, said: “There were two scenarios. We opt for the longer term or we do everything that is possible to get to the 2018 World Cup. We chose the second scenario. It had to be a very experienced professional, preferably an authority.”
Advocaat quit as coach of Fenerbache to take on the national job for the third time, with his two previous stints coming in 1992-94 and 2002-04.
He led Holland to the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals in the United States, losing against Brazil, and to the semi-finals at Euro 2004, before being knocked out by hosts Portugal.
The Oranje currently sit fourth in Group A, six points behind group leaders France and three behind second-placed Sweden.