Ruud Gullit has agreed to join the coaching staff of the Dutch national team after being asked to play a role by head coach Danny Blind.
Gullit, who won 66 caps for the Netherlands and was part of their 1988 European Championship winning team, is expected to sign a contract through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to the Dutch media.
He replaces Dick Advocaat, who unexpectedly quit his role last week to take over at Turkish side Fenerbahce, and joins Blind’s staff at a low ebb for Dutch football following the national team’s failure to qualify for this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.
“Blind asked me if I was interested and gave me the feeling that I can add value to the staff and the team,” Gullit said.
“Blind will give me a free role on both the training field and bench to add my ideas. But practically it has to be for the best of the team. At the end of the day the ultimate responsibility for the team rests with the head coach.”
The 53-year-old, who has been working as a television analyst, has previously had unsuccessful coaching spells at Chelsea, Feyenoord and Newcastle United but remains one of the biggest names in Dutch football.