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Former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink appointed next boss of the Netherlands, leaving door open for van Gaal to joinTottenham


Former Chelsea and Russia coach Guus Hiddink has been announced as Loius van Gaal's successor as Netherlands Head Coach after this summer's World Cup.

Hiddink will take charge for the Dutch's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and tournament. But somewhat uncon­ven­ti­onally it was also announced that after Euro 2016, Hiddink will himself be replaced, by the current national assistant coach Danny Blind.

Blind, a former Ajax manager, will stay on as assistant to Hiddink as well as working with former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

van Nistelrooy was until recently the Netherland's all time leading scorer, before compatriot Robin van Persie surpassed him.

Hiddink has managed the Dutch national side before, between 1995-98, as well as being in charge of the Australian, Russian, Turkish and South Korean national sides.

The announcement will do little to quash the rumours that outgoing coach van Gaal will be joining Tottenham in the summer, a job which Hiddink has also been linked with.

The 62 year old has been heavily tipped to replace Tim Sherwood at the end of the season should Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League.

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