Today, FC Utrecht reached an oral agreement with Dick Advocaat regarding the arrival of the coach to the Dom city. The message was published on the official FC Utrecht website. Advocaat, who in the past already served as a player, will sign up next Monday as trainer / coach of the Utrecht Eredivisionist.
His assistant Zeljko Petrovic will also be employed by FC Utrecht. Marinus Dijkhuizen and Rick Kruys will take on the tasks of the first team until Sunday, when FC Utrecht plays against FC Emmen, together with Academy Manager Jelle Goes.
Dick Advocaat has had great success as a football player and as a coach, including two stints with the Netherlands national team. He has coached a number of clubs in the Netherlands and abroad as well as national teams UAE, Serbia, South Korea, Belgium and Russia.
His nickname is “The Little General”, a reference to his mentor Rinus Michels, who gave him his first coaching job.
He ended his playing career at Utrecht, where he made 39 appearances in 1984.
He has managed Dutch teams Haarlem, SVV, Dordrecht, PSV, AZ and Sparta Rotterdam, some more than once! It shows clubs are happy to work with him and he brings success to most teams he coaches.
He had great success at Zenit winning the Russian League and in 2008, he coached them to the UEFA Cup. This success earned Advocaat the Honorary Citizen of Saint Petersburg award, making him the city’s first foreign honorary citizen since 1866!
Abroad, he has coached Moenchengladbach, Rangers in Scotland where he won the League title twice, and Sunderland.