Former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat takes over as Feyenoord manager

Former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat takes over as Feyenoord manager

Former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat has been officially named manager of Feyenoord.

The appointment comes just days after Jaap Stam resigned from the role, with the club struggling in both the Eredivisie and Europa League.

According to the Feyenoord website, Advocaat will take the squad for an open training session on Thursday afternoon, as part of their preparations for a weekend fixture against VVV Venlo.

The 72-year-old boss enjoyed a very successful stint as Rangers manager between 1998 and 2001, securing a domestic treble in his first season, before a double in his second.

Nicknamed the Little General, he brought big-name Dutch stars to the club such as Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Arthur Numan.

GVB celebrating a European win in 1999 under Advocaat. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

After a trophyless 2000/01 season and a poor start to the 2001/02 campaign, Advocaat resigned from his post.

However, due to early success in Glasgow, he’s highly regarded by the club’s supporters.

Remarkably, the Feyenoord job is his 17th different role since leaving Rangers, in what continues to be a remarkable career.

Standout positions held include being boss of the Netherlands and Belgium at international level and both Zenit St Petersburg and Fenerbahce at club level.

Advocaat also took charge of Russia at Euro 2012. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

His appointment at Feyenoord means he’ll soon be pitting himself against Rangers.

The Dutch side are, of course, in Europa League Group G alongside the Gers, with the two sides set to clash on 28th November in Rotterdam.

It won’t be an easy task for Advocaat to turn the fortunes of this ailing Feyenoord side around.

They have talented players in their squad but are currently bottom of Group G and way down in 12th spot in the Eredivisie.

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