Cruyff: Rijkaard the right choice for Netherlands

The Dutch legend has hailed the former Barcelona manager as the right option to succeed Bert van Marwijk at the helm of the Oranje outfit in the wake of a disastrous Euro 2012
Johan Cruyff has expressed his desire to see Frank Rijkaard take over as Netherlands coach for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Dutch legend, 65, offered his opinion on the successor to Bert van Marwijk, who resigned from his position with the Oranje in the wake of a catastrophic Euro 2012 campaign. The Dutch lost all three group stage games against Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

"Rijkaard has shown he dares to make radical choices when needed," Cruyff said in interview with Voetbal International.

"The Dutch team must start again with a new staff and changes in the squad. Regarding the latter: it should be a mix of current internationals and younger talent.

This process requires a lot of work to be performed by someone accustomed to this level, including some painful decisions. You must be looked up to as a coach and respected.

"Though I have not put a lot of thought into it
, Rijkaard is the first name that comes to me. He would be a good choice."

Rijkaard is the current coach of Saudia Arabia following his notable five-year spell with Barcelona during which he won the 2006 Champions League.