Dick Advocaat to coach FC Utrecht

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As expected, FC Utrecht announced today that Dick Advocaat has been appointed head coach. He succeeds Jean-Paul de Jong. Advocaat has signed a contract for the rest of this season. Marinus Dijkhuizen and Rick Kruys will remain as assistant trainers. Advocaats long time partner Zjelko Petrovic has been added to the technical staff.

Director of Football Affairs Jordy Zuidam told the press conference that the club had wanted to appoint someone who had authority, quality and experience and that with the arrival of Advocaat they have more than succeeded.

Zuidam said that as a club they are very happy as it had quickly become clear to him in the conversations they had with Advocaat that with his enormous experience, personality and drive, he was the the right man to take charge of our players and realize the clubs sporting goals for this year.

Advocaat is committed until the end of the season.

Dick Advocaat who is 70 can boast an impressive career. In addition to his periods as national coach of the Dutch national team, he has coached Fenerbahçe, PSV, Zenit St. Petersburg, AZ, Glasgow Rangers and most recently Sparta Rotterdam. As a player, Advocaat played 39 games for FC Utrecht, in the1983-1984 season.

Dick Advocaat told the conference that when FC Utrecht knocked at his door, he did not hesitate for a moment. He recognised that he had a past at the club, and that the stadium and the supporters were great. He also wants to end his career in the Netherlands and that is possible at FC Utrecht. He feels that technically there is a good foundation at FC Utrecht with a broad, group of quality players. He has high expectations for the club and wants to see them win a place in the top 5 and to qualify for European football. He ended the conference by saying that he had every confidence in this forecast and he looked forward to an excellent period of cooperation with players, staff and we will see the club going forward.

He has a tough opening game at the weekend in the shape of Feyenoord, but now expectations are high.

What do you think, is he the right man for the job? Will FC Utrecht make the top 5? What changes to the current squad does he have to make? What type of football do you expect them to play? Let us know your thoughts.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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