Advocaat to coach Utrecht

Dick Advocaat is the new coach of Utrecht. (AFP pic)

THE HAGUE: Veteran journeyman coach Dick Advocaat has given a verbal agreement to join Dutch Eredivisie outfit Utrecht, the club said on Wednesday.

The 70-year-old had success at Rangers and led Zenit Saint Petersburg to the 2008 UEFA Cup. He has also coached Belgium, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Russia at the national level.

Advocaat, who played for Utrecht in his final season as a midfielder in 1983-84, succeeds Jean-Paul de Jong who was fired last week, four games into the current season with just two points in the bag.

Advocaat has had the majority of his success at club level, winning a dozen trophies with 10 clubs, including PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar, Rangers, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Zenit.

He also led the Netherlands to the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup and the semifinals of Euro 2004 in Portugal.