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Advocaat endorses Van Gaal appointment

8 July 2012 09:46

Dick Advocaat has backed the Dutch Football Association (KNVB)'s decision to appoint Louis van Gaal as the new Netherlands coach.

Van Gaal engineered behind Ajax's remarkable Champions League success in 1995, and has subsequently won league titles in both Spain and Germany, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as Eredivisie championships with AZ Alkmaar and Ajax.

Van Gaal previously coached the Netherlands between 2000 and 2002, and was dismissed for failing to secure qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Japan and Korea.

Advocaat, who succeeded Van Gaal and took the national team to the semi-finals of Euro 2004, has nevertheless backed his colleague to get it right at the second time of asking.

"They could not have made a better choice," PSV coach Advocaat told NUSport.

"This guy has won everything.

"What titles does he not have to his name? He has proven himself at all levels. There is no better choice."

Van Gaal, 60, will be charged with picking the squad up after their group stage exit from Euro 2012, which led to Bert van Marwijk's departure.

Advocaat is in no doubt disciplinarian Van Gaal can restore some order to the dressing room, and some pride to the jersey.

"It shall be really interesting," he said.

"But I think Louis will be able to deal with it."

Van Gaal, who won three Dutch titles during his time with Ajax, will be assisted by his former captain, Danny Blind.

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