Advocaat backs Van Gaal's appointment as Netherlands boss

The 60-year-old Amsterdam native failed to lead his country to the 2002 World Cup, but the PSV trainer is in no doubt that the former Ajax man deserves another crack of the whip
Dick Advocaat has given his backing to the Dutch Football Association's (KNVB) decision to appoint Louis van Gaal as Netherlands' new boss, claiming that the outspoken coach is the best man for the job.

Van Gaal was the brains behind Ajax's remarkable Champions League success in 1995, and has subsequently won league titles in both Spain and Germany, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, as well as Eredivisie championships with AZ and the Amsterdammers.

And despite being sacked by the KNVB just over a decade ago for failing to lead his country to the 2002 World Cup, Van Gaal has been backed by Advocaat, who feels that his impressive CV warrants a second chance.

"They could not have made a better choice," the PSV coach told NUSport. "This guy has won everything.

"What titles does he not have to his name? He has proven himself at all levels. There is no better choice."

The Amsterdam native has inherited a side seemingly in disarray after Oranje's first-round exit at Euro 2012, a campaign in which predecessor Bert van Marwijk had allegedly lost control of his players.

For that reason, Advocaat feels that the 60-year-old has a serious job on his hands, but he is in no doubt that his compatriot can restore some order to the dressing room, and some pride to the jersey.

"It shall be really interesting," the PSV coach mused, "but I think Louis will be able to deal with it."

Van Gaal, who won three Dutch titles during his time with Ajax, will be assisted by his former captain, Danny Blind.