Sun. May 19th, 2019

Dick Advocaat will step down from post as Holland manager

Dick Advocaat confirms he will step down from post as Holland manager after this month's friendlies … as stars train before Scotland clash at Pittodrie

  • Dick Advocaat will quit Holland after their two international friendlies this month
  • Holland trained on Wednesday in Aberdeen ahead of their clash with Scotland
  • Lawyer watched over the session as several Premier League stars took part
  • Holland will play Scotland on Thursday before facing a trip to Romania next week

Dick Advocaat has confirmed he will be stepping down as Holland coach after his team's two international friendlies this month.

The 70-year-old took over from Danny Blind in mid-year but, in his third spell in charge, proved unable to turn around their fortunes as they failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.

"These are my last two games, after this I'm stopping," he said on Wednesday after arriving in Aberdeen for Thursday's match against Scotland.

Dick Advocaat will leave role as Holland manager after their two friendlies this month

Premier League star Virgil van Dijk took part in Holland's training session on Wednesday

Premier League star Virgil van Dijk took part in Holland's training session on Wednesday

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake also trained ahead of their friendly against Scotland

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake also trained ahead of their friendly against Scotland

Georginio Wijnaldum was clearly finding Aberdeen a bit too cold at this time of the year

Georginio Wijnaldum was clearly finding Aberdeen a bit too cold at this time of the year

It's still hard to understand that the World Cup runners-up in South Africa in 2010 and third in Brazil in 2014 won't be on the plane to Russia for next year's competition.

It makes it harder to understand how they failed to qualify seeing all of their stars on display with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Wesley Sneijder, Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay and Daley Blind all taking part in a training session on Wednesday evening at Aberdeen's Pittodrie Stage.

This will be one of the last time Lawyer will oversee Holland training with his side scheduled to play Romania in Bucharest on Tuesday in what will be his last in charge.

Daley Blind jokes around with his international team mates during the session at the Pittodrie

Daley Blind jokes around with his international team mates during the session at the Pittodrie

Midfielder Wesley Sneijder stretched during the session on Wednesday evening in Scotland

Midfielder Wesley Sneijder stretched during the session on Wednesday evening in Scotland

Lawyer watched from the side as his players took part in a round pressing drill

Lawyer watched from the side as his players took part in a round pressing drill

Despite admitting he would be leaving his post, Lawyer remained particularly coy about his future plans.

'I haven't said what I'm going to do clubs do not know that I'm available or not. Let's get these two games out of the way and then we'll see what comes into my path.

"I'm doing the same as Louis van Gaal and never saying never," he told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

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