Dick Advocaat: “I think it’s time for a younger generation.”

The whole of the Netherlands knew that Dick Advocaat on Tuesday after the friendly in and against Romania (0-3 win) would quit as coach of Orange. “But at the KNVB, I have not yet said’, noted the seventy years of former coach of the Red Devils, laughing.

Dick Advocaat © EPA

“After all the messages, they will now also know. It’s all over. What I’m about to do? That we will still be able to see. For the moment it is still quiet on the phone.’

A lawyer for himself before the decision was taken to leave as Orange the world cup would not pick up. ‘When I got my contract signed with the KNVB, I knew it already and my agent also. Or I now regret? Oh well, what is a pity? The main reason I am leaving is that I it is now time for a new generation. The younger people should pick it up in Orange. They should show them now.’

Lawyer allowed himself again to be positive about his assistant Ruud Gullit. “He would, in combination with one another very well. The same is true for Ronald Koeman. Along with Orange seems to me to be not a good idea. There are both large voetbalpersoonlijkheden for, with a will of their own.’

The lawyer confessed that he in consultation with his staff, his retirement as a coach, deliberately not earlier official had confirmed. “We wanted the remaining duels with Scotland and Romania take seriously, especially to the players. This has been successful. It is important for the players that they year have ended. Here they may be in march under the new leadership. Of my personal situation, one should simply not such a question.’

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