Former Netherlands head coach Dick Advocaat has made a sensational return to football with Eredivisie strugglers Sparta Rotterdam.
The oldest professional football club in the country are currently in 17th place after the 7-0 thrashing to Feyenoord last week – which saw Alex Pastoor lose his job.
#SpartaRotterdam heeft overeenstemming bereikt met Dick Advocaat om na de winterstop de functie van hoofdtrainer op zich te nemen. Naast Dick Advocaat zullen Fred Grim en Cor Pot ook de technische staf van de Kasteelclub versterken als assistent-trainer. De verbintenissen van de drie trainers lopen tot het einde van het seizoen. Foto: Pro Shots
With only 11 points on the board and four points away from safety, the 70-year-old has been tasked to save the club he represented as a player in the '80s.
And at the age of 70, with over 30 years of managerial experience, the arrival of the former Zenit Saint Petersburg boss provides De Kasteelheren with a real sense of optimism.
De Rood-Witte Gladiatoren take on Vitesse on the 16th of January at Het Kasteel – as their first fixture in the second-half of the Eredivisie campaign.