The Netherlands’ hopes of success in the 2018 World Cup have been given a boost with news that legend Ruud Gullit is joining the coaching team.
The 1988 European champion confirmed to the Dutch daily De Telegraaf that he has been in talks with the Dutch federation KNVB.
Gullit added that he has flown to the Netherlands to talk to the KNVB about becoming Danny Blind’s assistant in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup.
Gullit said only the final details need to be worked out.
“When I talked to Blind about it, he gave me the feeling that I could be an enrichment for the Orange team,” Gullit said.
Gullit earned 66 caps and scored 17 goals for the Netherlands between 1981-1994. He would be replacing D!ck Advocaat, who stepped down from his assistant post last week to take over as head coach at Turkish club Fenerbahce.
Gullit would also join forces with former Euro 1988 team-mate Marco van Basten, who is currently an assistant for Blind.