Football

Published: Saturday March 1, 2014 MYT 7:32:35 PM
Updated: Saturday March 1, 2014 MYT 7:33:21 PM

Hiddink poised to take over as Netherlands coach

Head coach of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala Guus Hiddink gestures during a training session of his new team at Belek in Antalya Province February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Rasulov Jr./NewsTeam

Head coach of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala Guus Hiddink gestures during a training session of his new team at Belek in Antalya Province February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Rasulov Jr./NewsTeam

(Reuters) - Guus Hiddink says he is line to take over from Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands after the World Cup in Brazil.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid supremo told Dutch broadcaster NOS that he was in talks with the FA over the makeup of his backroom staff.

"I am working with the KNVB to create a coaching team around me. We will need a few days or maybe a couple of weeks," he said.

"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."

Former internationals Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have all been linked with possible roles in Hiddink's technical team.

Hiddink was also in charge of the Netherlands between 1994 and 1998, taking the side to the semi-finals of the World Cup in France where they lost to Brazil on penalties.

He has also coached South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey and was most recently in charge of Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala before resigning last July.

Hiddink was last month appointed as an adviser to the coaching staff of top-flight PSV Eindhoven until the end of the season.

Netherlands have been drawn in Group B for the World Cup in June, alongside champions Spain, Chile and Australia.

(Reporting by Nick Said in Cape Town, editing by Tony Jimenez)

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