World Cup 2014: Hiddink set for Netherlands post

Guus Hiddink ready as Netherlands coach

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Guus Hiddink has revealed that he is set to take over from Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands after this summer’s World Cup.

Hiddink already has four years of experience coaching the Netherlands between 1994 and 1998 and he guided them to the semi-finals of the World Cup in France in his final year in charge.

The 67-year-old has admitted that he has already held talks with the Dutch FA as he looks to work on his backroom staff ahead of his new job. Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have all been linked with coaching roles.

Hiddink has plenty of other international experience as well after spells with South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey but he looks set for a return to his homeland with Van Gaal looking to return to club management.

Van Gaal is hoping to manage in the Premier League and he is being linked with a move to Tottenham at the end of the current season.

Speaking about the appointment, Hiddink told Dutch broadcaster NOS: “I am working with the KNVB (Dutch FA) to create a coaching team around me.

“We will need a few days or maybe a couple of weeks.

“It will be a great team. I will not be a free-wheeling coach. When I do something, I want to do it as well as I can – otherwise I would not do it.”

The Oranje are 28.00 to win the World Cup in Brazil, and they are 3.10 to win Group B but they face an uphill task with Spain also in their group alongside Chile and Australia.

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